Sikh man removes turban to help bleeding child in New Zealand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 17, 2015 19:18 IST

A Sikh man's decision to break religious protocol and remove his turban to help a profusely bleeding child in New Zealand made headlines around the world after a photograph of the act went viral on social media on Sunday.

Harman Singh was at his home in Auckland on Saturday when a boy, who was walking to school with his elder sister, was hit by a car. Singh, 22, rushed to the spot after hearing the screeching of car wheels and the ensuing commotion.

"Harman Singh did not think twice about removing his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a 5-year-old who had just been hit by a vehicle on his way to school," the New Zealand Herald reported.

"I wasn't thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought that he needs something on his head because he's bleeding. That's my job to help," Singh said.

Though Sikh men rarely remove their turban in public, Singh said the religious protocols do not restrict such an action in emergency situations, the report said.

The injured boy was rushed to a nearby hospital where his injuries were initially thought to be life-threatening. Later, his condition was said to be stable.

An eyewitness to the episode, Gagan Dhillon, clicked a picture of Singh with the child and posted it on Facebook with the caption, "So proud of this young Sikh man who helped at a crash this morning where a child was hit by a car."

Dhillon, a Sikh, said taking off a turban to help a stranger on the street was a rare sight.

"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 said.

As the image of Singh helping the boy did the rounds on social media, users praised his effort.

Twitter user @TroyHammo wrote: "This makes me happy for humanity." Another user @nzdan007 posted: "Sikh man removes turban to help child. WELL DONE, Sikhs are a kind hearted, loving, beautiful people."

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