While these days religion is all-too-often associated with fanaticism, one story out of Takanini in New Zealand brings hope to religious moderates after a devout Sikh broke with protocol and removed his turban to assist a 5-year-old boy who had been struck by a car.
Harman Singh, 22, certainly brought a smile to many people’s faces after he did something which is in fact strictly forbidden by Sikhs; to remove his head scarf while in public.
However, as he did it to help the child who had been hit in a road accident, he has been called a “hero” for his actions.
Singh, who heard the accident outside his house, immediately ran to assist and cradled the boy’s head with his turban so he would be more comfortable while waiting for paramedics to show up.
Singh talked to reporters recounting the incident.
“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.”
A passerby who also witnessed the accident, Gagan Dhillon, told reporters, “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.”
The traffic accident reportedly occurred as the boy walked to school with his sister and is thought to have suffered life-threatening head injuries as a result of the accident, despite the fact he is in a “stable condition” in hospital.
For his part, Singh has received literally thousands of messages on Facebook, lauding him for his actions. Like Facebooker Ashleigh Garrett, who posted, “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. This is why I have high respect for the Sikhism faith. Awesome job mate!”
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