A 14-year-old Sikh girl has won her High Court discrimination claim against her school after it excluded her for breaking its "no jewellery" rule.
Sarika Singh, from Cwmbach, south Wales, was excluded by Aberdare Girls' School in November 2007 for refusing to take off her religious bangle.
A High Court judge in London ruled on the controversial matter after reserving judgement last month.
The school said it would consider the judgement "in detail".
Sarika says the Kara bangle - a slim steel bracelet - is important to her as it is a symbol of her Sikh faith.
As a result of the judgement, Sarika is allowed to return to the school in September, wearing the Kara.
Teenager wins legal bangle battle
Her lawyers had told Mr Justice Stephen Silber that the Kara was as important to her as it was to England spin bowler Monty Panesar, who has been pictured wearing the bangle.
The judge declared the school was guilty of indirect discrimination under race relations and equality laws.
After the judgement, Sarika said: "I am overwhelmed by the outcome and it's marvellous to know that the long journey I've been on has finally come to an end.
"I'm so happy to know that no-one else will go through what me and my family have gone through and no other pupil will ever get banned from wearing their Kara again.
"I just want to say that I am a proud Welsh and Punjabi Sikh girl."
Sarika's mother, Sinita, 38, added: "We are over the moon. It is just such a relief."
Her father Satnam Singh read a statement which said: "We are very pleased with the outcome of the case but we are extremely disappointed that we had to come to the High court in the order to give our daughter the right to wear the Kara in school."
Mr Justice Silber said he had been told the Kara bangle was regarded as vital to the Sikh religion.
It denoted the "God's infinity" he said and was effectively a "handcuff to God."
The judge rejected claims by the school that the bangle, which he said was less obtrusive than some watches, could be seen as a "symbol of affluence."
He said many watches which were allowed at the school were more expensive than than the simple plain steel Kara.
Sarika Singh's is the latest in a number of religious dress cases
Liberty, which backed Sarika, argued the school had breached race relations, equality and human rights laws
They said it also contravened a 25-year-old law lords' decision which allows Sikh children to wear items representing their faith, including turbans, to school.
Anna Fairclough, the Singh family's solicitor, said: "It's a shame that each generation has to fight the same battles. This battle was already fought 25 years ago and Sarika shouldn't have had to go through that again.
"Our great British traditions of religious tolerance and race equality have been rightly upheld today."
A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf council said it had been informed of the High Court's judgement in the case and it would "be working with the school's governing body to ensure Sarika Singh's continued education."
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