A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke a strict religious rule to help save the life of a little boy has been hailed a hero by people across the globe.
Harman Singh, 22, took off his turban to put it under the head of a 5-year-old child who had been hit by a car while on his way to school in Auckland.
“I wasn’t thinking about the turban,” the 22-year-old told the New Zealand Herald. “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.”
In Sikhism, wearing a turban in public is mandatory for Sikh men and removing the headgear is considered a serious violation of religious protocol.
“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,” Singh stated, adding while he appreciates all the praise that he is receiving, he was only doing what he had to and “trying to be a decent member of the community.”
The Sikh Press Association, a U.K.-based news agency representing the Sikh community, also commented on the incident in a Facebook post, however, disagreed with the story as reported by the NZ Herald.
“Whilst the story of how this Sikh went out of his way to help an injured child is a beautiful story and nicely covered by nzherald.co.nz , it is entirely inaccurate to say he 'put religion aside' to do it. A Sikh is taught to do whatever they can to help someone, especially in the kind of situation seen in the linked article.”