10 Y/O Kaur Called 'Terrorist' Responds With Inspiration 'Keep Your Head Up'

'This obviously broke my heart, but I kept my head up, and went away.'

A Sikh schoolgirl has told of the heartbreaking moment she was branded a 'terrorist' by children and their parents during a trip to the park.

Munsimar Kaur, 10, went to Plumstead Adventure Playground in south London with her grandmother earlier this week.

When she went on Monday she asked to play a game with a group of four teenagers, only to be told: 'No you can't play because you're a terrorist'. 

The youngster, of Erith, Kent, was left 'heartbroken' but said she 'kept her head up' and walked away.

When they returned the following day she made friends with a nine-year-old girl - only to be told by her mother she was 'dangerous' and couldn't play with her anymore.

Munsimar described the racist abuse in an inspiring video to help other victims of discrimination. 

She said: 'On Monday and Tuesday at a park I was treated not very nicely by four kids and a mother of a young girl.

'On Monday two boys who liked like they were between 14 and 17-years-old and two girls who looked like they were in their late teens. 

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'When I asked to play the game they were playing and the queue was a mile long they said loud and clear 'No you can't play because you're a terrorist.'

'This obviously broke my heart, but I kept my head up, and went away.'

Hurt but undeterred, she and her family returned to the same park the next day, only to experience further abuse.

She explained she made a friend a year younger than her and the pair played happily for an hour.

But when her mother realised what was happening, she demanded she leave her new friend alone because she was 'dangerous'.  

Munsimar has been covering her head since she was a young girl, taking after her mother Navrup, who started wearing one in 2007.

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Originally worn exclusively by men, turbans are increasingly sported by Sikh women and girls as a symbol of their faith and to protect their long hair.  

The 10-year-old decided to tell her story to highlight difficulties still faced by the Sikh community in Britain and to promote positive change. 

Her father Gurpreet Singh told MailOnline: 'Unfortunately these things do still happen, but we're not going to be quiet about these things. 

'It's sad that people are ignorant. Munsimar is a very emotional child, she does cry a lot.

'But the fact that she held back her tears was amazing. Even with the shock and the adrenaline pumping she knew she had to be strong in that moment.

'We are so proud of her and we think this has happened for a reason, this is our opportunity to tell the world, we are open books, we look different for a reason and this is why.'  

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Her mother Navrup Kaur branded park managers GLL 'oblivious'.

Her daughter added: 'This is my message to the world. This experience has shown me the lack of exposure and knowledge people have.

'Sikhs are naturally caring and no matter what we will love everyone.

'But I need to speak out about this because not everyone is strong enough to walk away or have suitable parents to talk to, to deal with this racism. 

'Anyone going through this - tell your parents and keep your chin up - and it will work out in the end - I promise.'

Munsimar's parents Navrup Kaur and Gurpreet Singh run online groups called 'Sikh Mum' and 'Sikh Dad' to share their experiences of parenting within their religion and community.  

Her father added: 'We have been totally overwhelmed by the response from Munsimar's video.

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'I've had messages from people all over the world.

'The reason my wife and I started blogging a few years ago was because of misconceptions just like this - both inside the Sikh community and outside.' 

GLL, who runs the park in Plumstead, has not yet responded to Munsimar's parents' emails. 

But a spokesman told MailOnline: 'We pride ourselves in providing inclusive and accessible leisure facilities for the whole community - so we are very shocked to hear of this little girl's experience.

'We have a zero tolerance policy on racism and bullying and our approachable and caring play workers all receive diversity training appropriate to our multicultural playground which provides a warm welcome to dozens of nationalities and faiths.

'The incident was not witnessed by our staff or reported at the time so we would very much like to speak to the family about what they experienced and take any necessary action to ensure the atmosphere between children remains fun and safe - as it should be.'

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The video, recorded by Mr Singh, has been flooded with comments online.

Amit Nater wrote: 'Stand tall kiddo, we were meant to look different. You are very courageous and blessed. #SayNoToRacism #Sikhs #Sikhidentity #Sikh'

Buta Atwal added: 'Keep strong. Very proud of you our Sikh Princess.'

A group called Asian Women Mean Business commented: 'We adore you MK. You are bright, articulate & beautiful... the world is yours. Keep holding that head up high.' 

Another women posted: 'So sorry she had to go through that. Tell her she's amazing, beautiful, smart and articulate.'  

The video, recorded by her father Gurpreet Singh, has seen been flooded with comments online

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