A Sikh named Harman Singh used his turban to help a bleeding victim until the paramedics arrived on the scene of an accident. The incident occurred at Manuroa Road, Takanini in Auckland, New Zealand.
A person familiar with the incident said,”A Young child was hit with car by someone at Manuroa Road, Takanini (Near Gurdwara Sahib) and was in critical conditions when a Young Sikh reached their, removed his Dastar (Turban) and helped to stop the bleeding of the victims.”
News media networks worldwide have covered the incident due to the noble act. However, media networks have widely stated the Sikh put behind “religious requirements” by removing his turban but this is incorrect as it’s the duty of a Sikh to help those in need.
Harman Singh on the incident
When interviewed by a local reporter he said, “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.’ That’s my job – to help.
And I think anyone else would have done the same as me.”
The mother of the boy arrived shortly after.
Mr Singh said: “The little boy, he was talking to us before his mum came. He wasn’t crying. But when his mum arrived – when he saw her – he started to cry, because she was crying.”
Another person who arrived on the scene stated, “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.
“I saw him [Mr Singh] with no head covering and thought, ‘That’s strange’. But then I saw one hand was underneath the boy’s head supporting it and his siropao [turban] was stopping the bleeding.
” … he didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.”
The boy was taken to the local hospital and was in stable condition.
Mr Singh, from India, is in Auckland studying a business course. He 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.’