A Sikh student who broke a strict religious rule by removing his turban to help save the life of a young boy hit by a car has been hailed a hero.
Harman Singh, 22, took off his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old child who had been struck while walking to school in Auckland, New Zealand.
Singh heard the noise when the accident took place outside his home and ran out to investigate, the NZ Herald reports.
1. New Zealand student Harman Singh broke strict religious code by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car.
I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head.
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.
2. “I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head”, Singh said.
Singh and other passers-by remained with the boy until the ambulance arrived. Shortly after the accident, the child’s mother also arrived.
Another passer-by, Gagan Dhillon, said he was on his way to work when he saw the accident and pulled over to help. He said:
There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has. People just don’t take it off — people die over it.
He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.
3. Singh said he has been overwhelmed by the praise and support he has received over the past few days.
Singh broke strict Sikh religious code by taking off his turban, however he was praised by people from across the world for his life-saving act.
Since the incident took place, Singh has received thousands of congratulatory messages and comments on his Facebook page. Ashleigh Garrett commented:
Great symbol of — we are all human beings. We have our individual beliefs, but at the end of the day to care for one another is key.
Another commenter wrote:
This is why I have high respect for the Sikhism faith. Awesome job mate!
Yet another user commented:
Humanity before religion. Nice one buddy.
4. Singh, 22, is a student living in Auckland and studying to get a business degree.
Singh, from India, is in Auckland studying business. He said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of praise. He said:
Thousands of people have said “well done”. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community.
Thanks to all who messages, calls… thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.
Source: NZ Herald.
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