New Delhi: It’s been a month since a 23-year-old paramedic girl was brutally raped, assaulted and thrown out of a moving bus in national capital Delhi. The gruesome incident stunned the entire nation. The girl and her male friend, after 40-minutes of ordeal in the bus, were left to die by the accused and passersby refused to help the duos.

In an interview to a leading news channel after 18 days of the ghastly incident, the victim’s male friend narrated the sequence of incident occurred on that ill-fated night of December 16.

Victim’s friend came out with stunning details which shocked the nation. The boy described that how he along with his friend was dumped on the road in the chilly winter night without clothes.

When they pleaded for help, the passersby refused to tender support them shattering the very fabric of humanity. How the inefficient police instead of helping them fought over the area of jurisdiction putting the life of victim in danger.

Supreme Court judgment in Sanjeev Nanda BMW Hit and Run case

On January 10, 1999, Sanjeev Nanda, son of industrialist Suresh Nanda, had crushed six persons to death, including three policemen, while driving his BMW car in an inebriated condition in the wee hours at Lodhi Colony in South Delhi.

The Supreme Court in its judgment in the case had laid some important guidelines in a paragraph regarding those who help people in great distress. It said----

‘Many a times, bystanders keep away from the scene, perhaps not to get themselves involved in any legal or court proceedings.  Good  Samaritans  who  come  forward  to  help  must  be treated with respect and be assured that they will have to  face  no  hassle and will be properly rewarded.  We, therefore, direct the Union of India and State Governments to frame proper rules and regulations and conduct awareness programmes...’

Hence, the Apex Court in its judgment outlined that those who help others must be given due respect without any harassment while understanding the mindset of citizens of the country. It underlined the need of improvement in police-public relationship and restoration of nation’s confidence in the police force meant to safeguard them.

Help those in distress, says Delhi Police

The Delhi Police recently has released several advertisements in the backdrop of dreadful Delhi gang rape. The Delhi Police assured the citizens that they can help those in distress and pain and take them to hospital without any fear of being harassed.  The police advertisements said, “Leave immediately, with or without revealing their identity".

Understanding the change in the mindset of public towards police, the advertisement says "The priority is the victim. So, now save a life readily, it is free of harassment."

Are we Bad Samaritans?

The victim girl’s friend in his interview described the public apathy that how auto-rickshaws, cars and other vehicles slowed down but nobody dare to get down to help them.

While describing events of the unfortunate night, he raised a very important question, ‘Why people didn’t offer help to those in distress?’

People are scared of offering help to the victim fearing that they will be put in unnecessary legal complications. The worst part of the entire incident was that no bystander offered a piece a cloth to cover the victim girl and her male friend on that bone chilling winter night. It reminds us that we have become impassive towards human distress.

The brutal killing of young girl has raised several questions which are yet to be answered. The heinous crime has somewhere awakened the public consciousness.

Nivedita Dixit/JPN

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