New York: A 26-year-old Sikh-American naval officer from the US has been allowed to wear a turban with certain restrictions. This information was given in a news in the media. He is the first person to be allowed to do so in the 246-year history of this iconic force.
The New York Times reported, “Lt Sukhbir Toor has been donning the uniform of the US Naval Corps every morning for almost five years and on Thursday, his wish to wear a Sikh turban on his head also came true.”
The news said that Toor is the first person in the 246-year history of the Marine Corps to be allowed to wear a turban. In an interview, Toor said, “Finally, I didn’t have the time to choose between my faith and my country. I respect both while staying the way I am.”
Toor has struggled to get this right. When he got promoted to captain this year, he decided to appeal. According to the news, this was the first such case that lasted for such a long time.
Toor, the son of an Indian expatriate who grew up in Washington and Ohio, has been allowed to wear a turban on duty, with certain limitations. He can wear a turban while on normal duty, but he cannot do so when posted in a war zone.
The NYT report said that Toor “appealed against the Marine Corps commandant’s restrictive decision, saying he would sue the Corps if he was not allowed to wear the turban everywhere.”