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Last Updated: Tuesday July 29 2008 10:15 GMT

Girl wins religious bangle row

Sarika and her mum show off their Sikh bangles

A 14-year-old Sikh girl has won her fight to wear her religious bangle at her school.

Sarika Singh, from South Wales, was excluded from Aberdare Girls' School in South Wales because she refused to take off the bangle, called a Kara.

The school argued that the bangle was against their rules.

But Sarika argued it was discrimination and took her fight to the High Court. Judges there ruled that she should be allowed to wear the bangle.

Sarika's lawyers said her bangle was as important to her as it was to top cricketer Monty Panesar, who has been seen wearing his Kara.

Afterwards, Sarika said she was happy with the outcome: "I'm so happy to know that no-one else will go through what me and my family have gone through."

She added: "I just want to say that I am a proud Welsh and Punjabi Sikh girl."

Sarika's kara
Sarika's kara
The Kara is worn by Sikh people to remind them of their religion and to remind them to do good with their hands.

Sarika had gone to another school where she was allowed to wear her Kara, but will return to Aberdare Girls' School in September.