A 22-year-old Sikh man from India was hailed a hero after breaking a religious protocol to save the life of a five-year-old boy injured in a car crash.
Harman Singh abandoned the strict rules of his religion by removing his turban to put under the bleeding head of a boy who was hit by a vehicle while on his way to school.
Speaking to Mirror UK, he said: “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.”
The boy who suffered severe head injuries is now recovering at Starship Hospital.
Thousands of people including members of the Indian community praised Singh, who studies a business course in Auckland, for the exceptional act he did for a stranger.
On Singh’s Facebook page, one user 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.”
What is Sikhism?
Founded in 15th century by Guru Nanak in Punjab, Sikhism is based on Nanak and his 9 other followers’ teachings.
This monotheistic religion is practised by around 20 millions Sikhs across the globe. Most of them live in the Punjab province in India. Based on the teachings of Sikhism, people must do good actions rather than conducting rituals.
Known as Khalsa, the community of followers of this religion must wear 5 K’s:
- Kesh or uncut hair
- Kara or a steel bracelet
- Kanga or a wooden comb
- Kaccha or a cotton underwear
- Kirpan or a steel sword