Harman Singh has been hailed as a hero after he took off his turban to cradle the head of the young man who had just been hit by a car on the way to school.
The 22-year-old Harman Singh was at home when he heard the wheels of a car screeching and ran outside to investigate the commotion in Takanini, South Auckland, according to The New Zealand Herald.
Members of the Indian community last night praised Mr. Singh for his action, considered a very significant act of humanity by breaking strict religious protocol to help a stranger.
“I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him,” he said. “His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head.”
Mr. Singh acknowledged the unusual step he took to help but said his faith protocols certain actions are not restricted in an emergency.
“I wasn’t thinking about the turban,” he said. “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.”
“There was enough help as there was, but being a Sikh myself, I know what type of respect the turban has,” he said. “People just don’t take it off – people die over it.”
He added: “He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.”
The five-year-old walking to school with her older sister when he was hit. He is suffered with head injuries life-threatening, but it was last night at Starship hospital recovering after surgery.