Sikh Man Breaks Strict Religious Code To Save A 5-Year-Old Boy's Life

by Gillian Fuller

In the Sikh religion, males are required to wear turbans at all times. The turban symbolizes faith, courage and most of all, dedication to the religion.

One Sikh man, 22-year-old Harman Singh, recently made headlines after breaking the strict dress code in an effort to save a child who was hit by a car.

Singh recalled to The New Zealand Herald,

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.'

Gagan Dhillon, another Sikh who also saw the accident, said,

...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] didn't care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.

The 5-year-old boy was transported to the hospital with what medics believed to be life-threatening injuries, but he is now reportedly in stable condition, likely thanks to Singh's help.

Singh since became something of a local hero, although he feels the praise is unnecessary.

He said,

Thousands of people have said 'well done.' I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community.

While it's sad kindness makes global news, hopefully, this publicity will inspire more to act as Singh did. The world would be a better place for it.

Citations: Moment a Sikh man removes his turban to save boys life (Daily Mail ), Sikh puts religious rule aside to help boy (The New Zealand Herald)