Sikh uses turban to save a dog from drowning



This was a moment like Robert Browning’s “instant made eternity” when time froze! This was an appreciable moment when a brave Sikh man removed his turban to save a life. It was such a rare moment when the young Sikh did not hesitate even for a minute to remove his headgear to rescue a dog from drowning in a river.

The Sikh dastaar — as the headwear is known — is worn by Sikhs out of love andSikhism,  obedience to the wishes of the founders of their faith as carrying immense spiritual as well as temporal significance. Wearing a turban is one of the five articles of faith in Sikhism. It is a doctrine of Sikhism that one can only remove their turban at home or while bathing.

Little doubt that a June month video of the young Sikh using his turban to save a drowning dog is currently viral on the Internet and has already been watched by close to 1,00,000 people on YouTube since June 6. The footage shows Sarwan Singh (28) helping a dog out of a canal in Punjab, using his turban.

According to eye witnesses, Singh was passing by when he noticed people gathered on the canal bank. He quipped ,“I was travelling when I saw a group of men pointing towards the canal. I stopped my car and went over to check what was happening. I was shocked to see that a dog was drowning but no one was actually helping”.

Narrating his surreal experience, he said “As I did not know swimming, in a swift action, I decided to use my turban as a rope to save the canine. However, the moment I started taking off my turban, people watching around were shocked. They thought I was disrespecting my faith,” he added, “but what was important at that point was to save the animal’s life.” He then used the other piece of fabric to try and scoop up the dog to bring it to safety. And after several attempts at trying to rescue the dog, he managed to bring it to the shore.

The brave Sikh said ‘The dog was frightened, so I fed him some biscuits and let him go on his own.’