Thursday, April 18, 2013


As cars drove by, the woman's husband asked for help but to no avail. The motorbike the man and his family (wife, daughter and son) were riding was hit from behind by a lorry that fled the scene of the accident. Although father and son survived, rescuers say that had help arrived in time, mother and daughter could have been saved as well. The Indian public is dismayed for the lack of civility and humanity in Indian society.

Jaipur (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Motorists and passers-by ignored a man for more than 40 minutes as his wife and their little eight-month girl bled to death in the middle of a road. The accident occurred yesterday in a tunnel in the city of Jaipur (250 km southwest of New Delhi). Avideo recorded by a CCTV camera shows the distraught man's calls for help fall on deaf ears as a stream of vehicles drove by without stopping for help. The man and his son, who was also riding on the motorbike, suffered only light injuries.
Kanhaiya Lal was riding his motorbike with his wife Guddi, 24; son Tanish, 4; and eight-month daughter Arushi, in an unlawful albeit traditional travelling arrangement. A lorry traveling at high speed hit them from behind, throwing everybody off the bike. The vehicle's driver did not stop but sped on as if nothing had happened.
The woman and the toddler lost immediately consciousness from heavy blood loss. Holding his injured son, who was alert, Lal called for help and led him away from the centre of the road.
Only 40 minutes after a man reached Kanhaiya and called police and an ambulance. For the woman and the girl it was too late; they were pronounced dead before they arrived at the hospital.
The doctor in charge of the SMS emergency unit, D. S. Meena, said that "The situation might have been better if they were provided medical help in time".
Indians were dismayed by the accident, which highlights the lack of civility and humanity in today's society. For men, the question is what is to be done to change things.
"That kind of failure is very, very common on the roads," said Mridul Bhasin, a campaigner with an advocacy road safety group, who was quoted in The Hindu. "This is happening day in, day out every minute in our country. People die and we turn a blind eye."
A similar accident occurred in October 2011 in Guangdong, China, when Yueyue, a two-year-old girl, was hit by two lorries and left to die on the road.

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