A New Zealand student who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero.
Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school.
Mr Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald.
New Zealand student Harman Singh broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car
‘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,’ 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.’
Mr Singh broke strict Sikh religious protocol by removing his turban, but he has been praised by people from around the world for the heroic act.
‘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,’ Mr Singh said
Since the incident occurred, Mr Singh has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page.
‘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,’ Ashleigh Garrett said on Facebook.
‘This is why I have high respect for the Sikhism faith. Awesome job mate!,’ one person commented.
Mr Singh said he has been overwhelmed by the praise and support he has received over the past few days.
Mr Singh, 22, is a student living in Auckland and studying to get a business degree’Humanity before religion. Nice one buddy,’ another said.Mr Singh said he was overwhelmed with all the praise.
‘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,’ he said.
‘Thanks to all who messages, calls… thanks all the worldwide Facebook members who messaged me. I think i just did my job nothing else.’