A gunshot victim was hospitalized in BC and then had his beard shaved. According to the victims son in law, "My father in law -- he's been killed twice," says Surjit Singh. "To me, his pride, his honour, his belief everything taken away from him."
After being admitted at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit, an overnight staff who is from out of province went on to shave the patient who happened to be Sikh. This was in November when a 70-year-old was shot in a robbery.
In Sikhism, the beard is of utmost importance. Sikhs don't shave their hair from birth to death. This was a mistake and the hospital has apologized and has sent memos to all other ICUs in the region to avoid this from happening again. The nurse is very sorry.