Video of Passing Motorists Ignoring Fatal Accident Sparks Outrage in India

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 01:06 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Video footage of a man and his family being ignored for 40 minutes along a road in India after two of them were killed and another injured in an accident has triggered public outrage across India.

On Sunday, Kanhaiya Lal was riding his motorcycle which also carried his wife and their 10-month-old daughter and four-year-old son. The bike was struck from behind by a truck, killing Lal's wife Guddi and the daughter.

In CCTV footage which was aired nationwide, Lal is seen holding his injured son while helplessly begging passing motorists to stop and help.

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"My son and I were shouting for help but no one stopped or came to our rescue," Lal said, according to Al Jazeera. "Passersby and several cars did stop to catch a glance but no one seemed to be bothered."

The televised footage shows numerous motorists speeding past Lal and his family as his wife and daughter lay motionless on the road until a city worker eventually came forward to help.

"Some cars almost touched the bodies as they passed by but nobody offered any help," said Lal.

"Her husband cried for help for 40 minutes but no one stopped. It's shameful that apathy took two lives," said Prabhu Dayal, Guddi Lal's uncle.

"It's the duty of all people to take such victims to hospital because lives could be saved," Lata Manoj, Jaipur's traffic police chief, said later in a televised interview.

Public apathy toward crime victims in India has become a major issue after a 23-year-old student was gang raped in a bus by six men in December. Afterwards, she was dumped in the street and bystanders ignored her. She died two weeks later.

The incident led to widespread public outrage over failure to ensure the women's safety. Protestors charged that sexual violence against women often goes unreported in India.

In response to the December rape and last weekend's road accident, Apurva Mahendra of the Delhi-based SaveLIFE Foundation is promoting a national initiative to "advocating a good Samaritan law to oblige people to help victims."

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According to India's National Crime Records Bureau, 131,834 people died in road accidents in 2011. About half of traffic victims could have been saved if they had received timely medical attention, according to experts.

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