A small town in Canada - H’rouxville - has reportedly asked those who wear niqabs or carry kirpans (a ceremonial weapon carried by the Sikhs) to stay away and not settle there. The town has a meagre population of 1338. A sign at the town’s entrance reads: "H’rouxville welcomes you. Unless, that is, you plan on stoning a woman to death, sending your children to school with a kirpan or covering your face other than on Halloween.
"The town council of H’rouxville has adopted a declaration of ‘norms’ that the would-be immigrants need to be aware of before they settle there. Among them, it is forbidden to stone women or burn them with acid. Children cannot carry weapons to school, including kirpans, even though the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Sikhs can carry kirpans in schools. The declaration says that female police officers in H’rouxville, 165 km from Montreal, can arrest male suspects, and women are free to drive, dance and make decisions on their own.
"We’re telling people who we are. I asked myself, ‘How is it that these people can ask for such things? "And the only possible answer is that these people do not know who we are," The Mail quoted H’rouxville councillor Andr’ Drouin as saying.He added that the more accommodations are made for minorities, the greater the divide. "One of these days you will have (many divided) groups in Canada and groups in Canada, or groups in any country, doesn’t make a country."