Turbans protect Sikhs from danger – but not in this case

Turbans protect Sikhs from danger – but not in this case January 17, 2017

A 61-year-old Sikh man, who was granted permission not use use a helmet on religious grounds, was killed this week in an accident in Hong Kong.
According to this report, the victim, identified only by his surname Singh, died after his scooter collided with a delivery bicycle.
Singh and his passenger were thrown off the scooter by the impact, with the former landing ten meters away.

The passenger, who was wearing a helmet, sustained wounds to his limbs and survived.
Singh was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Singh,  who lived with his family in Yau Tong, had been a permanent Hong Kong resident and had a licence for his motorcycle, police said.
Helmets are compulsory for all drivers of motorcycles and bicycles.
There are 558 exemptions, all but one being for religious reasons, according to the Transport Department.
Sikh tutor Gurmel Singh said followers must wear a turban as well as bring a comb with them at all times.
Chandni Buri, a social worker, said wearing a turban is of utmost importance to Sikh members as it symbolises “God’s love”.
Many believe it will protect them from the dangers of the road.

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  • Gui

    Now he is well beyond sick.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Live by the stupid rule, die by the stupid rule.
    What better demonstration of “God’s love” does anyone need?

  • Michael Glass

    Google “turban + road safety” and you soon find that it’s a problem all over the world.

  • Broga

    ” wearing a turban is of utmost importance to Sikh members as it symbolises “God’s love”.”
    So where does being killed in a collision wearing a turban while his passenger wearing a helmet survives equate with God’s love?

  • barriejohn

    He was obviously a real tough nut – or maybe not.

  • barriejohn

    On the other hand, this story is rather more uplifting:
    “Anyone would have done the same”? If only!

  • Laura Roberts

    @barriejohn: that is truly emblematic of what people can achieve when they put their religious beliefs aside. Somewhat chilling was the eyewitness’s comment regarding the turban “People just don’t take it off – people die over it … He didn’t care that his head was uncovered in public. He just wanted to help this little boy.” So the incident was made artificially more heroic because by taking off his turban, the fellow may have put his own life at risk. In other words, his religion actually made it far more difficult to help a fellow human. That, folks, is evidence of a sick religion.
    But — all credit to the fellow for behaving decently in spite of his religion. May he one day discard it entirely.

  • C R Ashhat

    I’m sure that Arai, Bell or Shoei could make a helmet that looks just like a turban or is lined with turban like material. All that then has to happen is for the Sikh pope, or whoever the top boss Sikh person is,to mutter some platitude, jiggle some bones, wave his wooden dagger about a bit or make some kind of propitiation to render the “Helban”a pukka certified legit kosher headgear. And I claim the patent for that idea. Such a device will be required when we get the first Sikh F1 driver.

  • Stonyground

    Don’t Sikhs wear little tiny turbanettes when they are practicing sport? Presumably there is a reason why you can’t wear these at all times instead of the big bulky ones. Where would I stand if I were a Sikh? I don’t have any hair to cover up.

  • barriejohn

    Stonyground: Are you quite sure that you’re not a relapsed Sikh?
    Another of the wondrous “benefits” of a religion whose commandments emanate from an all-knowing, all-wise god!

  • L.Long

    Amazing how over the many generations of life, so many dimwits have not figured out that magic charms have never worked and will never work!!!!

  • barriejohn

    L.Long: You must know their response to that.
    “Think what MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED if I had not…had my lucky charm with me/listened to my astrologer/prayed for guidance/taken alternative medicine”, etc.
    It reminds me of the old joke about the man sprinkling pepper in Trafalgar Square to keep the elephants away. If you’re daft enough it seems to work!

  • Brummie

    There will always be a rump of people who need their ju-ju, or tea leaves, or gods or astrology etc. It’s in human nature, so religions will never completely disappear. We can just hope that they are relegated to the harmless lunatic fringe and tolerated by the rational majority. Nothing is Sacred and above ridicule.

  • Stonyground

    The link about Sikhs suffering hair loss is slightly bizarre. If you have to wear headgear all the time, who is going to know if you are bald? Personally I’ve always been slightly baffled by those who treat hair loss as if it’s some kind of problem. I’ve been bald for ages now and never found it any kind of handicap.

  • barriejohn

    Stonyground: Alopecia’s a different thing to male pattern baldness!

  • chrsbol

    Sikhism and the 5Ks. More batshit crazy bollox. Dagger,bracelet,comb,uncut hair and best of all magic underpants they need to wear for battle.