Vadra praises Sikh man for saving young boy in Auckland

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 25, 2015 22:54 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra has praised an Indian Sikh man who made international headlines after he broke religious protocol by removing his turban to help a profusely bleeding child in New Zealand.

"Amazed to watch an Indian man studying in Auckland, called Harman, lay his turban down at an accident site, to save the life of a five-year-old boy," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Media worldwide reported 22-year-old Harman Singh's good deed and netizens praised him for his action, considered a hugely significant act of humanity by breaking the religious protocol to help a stranger.

"The turban is an article of faith that represents honour, self-respect, courage, spirituality and piety. Recently, when I travelled abroad with a work team and a friend, who was a Sikh, at an airport they asked him to remove his turban, and I was surprised at the outcome."

"The security inspectors were poking the turban which almost came off. My friend was livid, and argued for a written apology," he said in the post.

"We have now taken it up with the airport authorities and embassies to make sure it is a norm to respect the turban and to only allow private security scans, without dethroning the turban. We did miss our flight, but was worth getting clarity and to create an understanding and respect for the Sikh religion," Vadra said.

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