Twenty-two-year-old Sikh, Harman Singh, is now being held a hero after breaking a strict religious protocol in order to save the life of 5-year-old boy who was hit by a truck in New Zealand.
Singh did not mind removing his turban and exposing his hair in public in order to give first aid for the boy’s injury.
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Singh is from India but currently stays in Auckland while he is studying a business course. He was on his way out when he saw the boy hit by a truck. He immediately came to rescue by removing his turban and binding the boy’s head as they wait for the authorities.
A day after the incident, Singh woke up to hundred of messages and Facebook friend requests from people who were moved by his humility. He said that his religion strictly forbids removing the turban, but his religion also teaches humanity.
“I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, ‘He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding.’ That’s my job – to help. And I think anyone else would have done the same as me,” Singh told The New Zealand Herald National.
People die over removing turban
Another Sikh, Gagan Dhillon, said that people of the same religion do not just take the turban off in public. He was also in the area when the accident happened and saw how Singh bares his head in public.
“Being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don’t take it off – people die over it,” Dhillon said.
“I saw him [Mr Singh] with no head covering and thought, ‘That’s strange’. But then I saw one hand was underneath the boy’s head supporting it and his siropao [turban] was stopping the bleeding… he didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy,” he said.
Mukhtiar Singh from Sikh Yout Australia said that Singh’s act was indeed a significant event.
“For us the turban is a very, very important component and we don’t take it off in public. In circumstances like what happened in New Zealand, we also practise humanity. It was very, very important to save the child,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Mother of boy thanks Sikh who removes turban
The mother of the boy who was saved by Singh has also contacted him and personally thanked him.
“I know it’s against his religion to take that kind of stuff off so I just really want to thank him because if it wasn’t for him my son wouldn’t be here,” the mother said.
The boy is now in stable condition after undergoing a surgery for a fractured skull. The child sustained 12 deep head wounds and a lacerated kidney.
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