An interesting case was brought before the Supreme Court of India by the Singh Legal Foundation which asked it to accept jurisdiction over the decision by France to ban Sikhs from wearing the turben. The Court was sympathetic to the issue raised by the Sikh group, but noted: “We can only protect the fundamental rights of the citizens within the boundary of India. Fundamental rights cannot be protected in foreign lands.” The Singh Foundation argued the French ban violated the rights of Sikhs and it was the duty of the government of India to intervene. However, the Supreme Court noted that Sikhs could seek the assistance of the International Court of Justice or the European Court.
We increasingly live in times when a decision in one country impacts the lives of those living in other nations. The Supreme Court of India is correct on one point, international courts must assume responsibility for violation of human rights within an individual nation.