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.
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.