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Chicago Go-Kart Park Sued for Cutting Sikh Woman’s Hair

January 08, 2014

A go-kart amusement park in Chicago has been sued by a Sikh woman whose hair was cut by employees after it got caught in the motor of a kart she was riding.

According to court documents, Holly Hanjra allegedly begged workers at the Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix not to cut her hair, which is forbidden by her religion.

Hanjra claims she asked employees to call 911 instead, but they refused to do so.

The Sikh religion, which is the fifth largest in the world, bans male and female members from cutting their hair as a symbol of devotion to their faith.

The incident occurred on Jan. 6, 2012, when Hanjra’s hair was sucked into the motor of the go-kart she was riding. She claims that the park did not provide adequate warnings about the risks of getting hair caught in the engine.

The lawsuit is seeking $50,000 in damages.

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