Hindu nurses in S Africa win bindi battle

Fakir Hassen, Indo-Asian News Service, August 30, 2008 Durban - Married South African Hindu nurses have won the right to continue wearing the traditional red dot, or the bindi, on their foreheads after intervention by the provincial health minister. Officials at the state-run Addington Hospital in Durban had earlier prohibited the wearing of red dots as part of a new dress code. "This is unacceptable. As government we shall respect and protect religious and customary rights at all times," KwaZulu-Natal Health Minister Peggy Nkonyeni Nkonyeni told the website news24.co.za. ... Hindu