Two Sikh men broke religious protocol by removing their turbans to save a group of drowning boys.
The incident occurred in Sangrur, Punjab, India, on Sept. 27 and was captured on video (shown below). A group had gathered for the immersion of Ganesha idols at Sular Ghat and entered a canal, NDTV reported.
A sudden gush of water forced four boys to lose their footing and get washed away. That's when Inderpal Singh sprung into action.
“I had no time to think and quickly removed by turban and threw at the drowning boys and pulled them in,” Inderpal told NDTV.
Another bystander, Kanwaljit Singh, followed suit.
“My immediate reaction was to jump into the canal and try to save them. But I cannot swim,” Kanwaljit said. “So I removed my turban and used it to save the boys.”
According to the tenets of Sikhism, one can only remove their turban at home, during bath. The boys were glad the two men broke religious protocol.
“He first tried to pull us out with a wire lying on the embankment," one fo the boys told the news station. "But it broke, and he then used his turban."
The cellphone footage has been widely circulated, and the local administration who organized the gathering said they would honor the brave young men, according to the Daily Mail. The administration, however, has also been accused of making inadequate arrangements for the ceremony.