- Indian Sikh used his turban to pull a drowning dog to safety
- He said he didn’t mind breaking religious beliefs to save the dog
- Man hailed on social media as a hero
INDIA – You could say he was just practicing his religion in the best way possible.
Now Sarwan Singh, 28-year-old local of Punjab, India, is being hailed as a hero on social media after he willingly broke religious protocol to save a drowning dog.
According to the Independent, Singh saw the dog thrashing helplessly in the water of an irrigation canal as he was driving by.
“I stopped my car and went over to check what was happening. I was shocked to see that there was a dog drowning but no one was actually helping,” he said.
At that moment, Singh decided to use his turban—called a dastaar—to rope in the dog and tow it to safety. He said while people were initially shocked by him using the turban as Sikhs regard it to be a holy garment, he didn’t mind as he was more set on saving the poor animal’s life.
“The moment I started taking off my turban, people watching around were shocked. They thought I was disrespecting my faith,” he said. “What was important at that point was to save the animal’s life.”
Singh added the dog was in good health after it was rescued.
The dastaar is highly regarded in Sikhism and has been described to have immensely spiritual and temporal signifance among adherents of the faith.
Nevertheless, many praised Singh for willingness to set aside his beliefs so he could perform a good deed.
“I am sure no leader of the Sikh faith would decry what this noble soul Sarwan has done,” said one admirer.