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Sikh Removes Turban to Help Bleeding Child in New Zealand

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A 22-year-old Sikh man removed his turban to help a profusely bleeding child following a road accident in New Zealand, garnering praise for his humanitarian effort, a media report said today.

Harman Singh was at his home in Auckland when a five-year-old boy, who was walking to school with his elder sister, was hit by a car nearby. Mr Singh rushed to the spot after hearing the screeching of car wheels and the commotion.

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He said he did not think twice about removing his turban to help the child, who was bleeding from the head.

“I wasn’t thinking about the turban. I was thinking about the accident and I just thought that he needs something on his head because he’s bleeding. That’s my job to help,” Mr Singh was quoted as saying by New Zealand Herald.

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Though removing turban is rare, Mr Singh said the religious protocols do not restrict action in emergency situations, the report said.

The injured boy was rushed to a nearby hospital where his injuries were initially thought to be life-threatening but later, his condition was stated to be stable.

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An eyewitness to the whole episode, Gagan Dhillon clicked a picture of Mr Singh with the child and posted it on social networking site Facebook with a caption “So proud of this young Sikh man who helped at a crash this morning where a child was hit by a car.”

Scores of people shared the image within minutes while showering praise on him.

Dhillon, a Sikh himself, said taking off a turban to help a stranger on street was a rare sight. 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.

Netizens praised Mr Singh for his action, considered a hugely significant act of humanity.

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