Here’s Why: Next Time You Help A Road Accident Victim, No One Can Harras You

The Logical Indian

January 27th, 2016 / 4:57 PM

Originally Published on factly | Author: |Image Courtesy: wikimedia

The Union Government released the Good Samaritan Guidelines last year. It has now released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed while dealing with the Good Samaritans. The Superintendent of Police (SP) should ensure that these guidelines are implemented in their jurisdiction.

The Union Government had in May 2015 notified guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans. This was a result of the Supreme Court directions in October 2014. Now the Central Government has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the examination of Good Samaritans by the Police or during trial. In essence, the SOP details how the Police should treat the Good Samaritans.

good-samaritan-guidelines_sop

 

The Good Samaritan to be treated respectfully

The SOP includes the following key points.

 The Good Samaritan shall be treated respectfully and without any discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, nationality, caste or any other grounds.

 Any person who makes a phone call to the Police control room or Police station to give information about any accidental injury or death, except an eyewitness may not reveal personal details such as full name, address, phone number etc.

 Any Police official, on arrival at the scene, shall not compel the Good Samaritan to disclose his / her name, identity, address and other such details in the Record Form or Log Register.

 Any Police official or any other person shall not force any Good Samaritan who helps an injured person to become a witness in the matter. The option of becoming a witness in the matter shall solely rest with the Good Samaritan.

 The concerned Police official shall allow the Good Samaritan to leave after having informed the Police about an injured person on the road, and no further questions shall be asked if the Good Samaritan does not desire to be a witness in the matter.

If the Good Samaritan chooses to be a witness

The SOP also include the following key points to be followed by the Police while examining the Good Samaritan who chooses to be a witness

 The Good Samaritan shall be examined with utmost care and respect and without any discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, nationality, caste or any other grounds.

 The Good Samaritan’s examination by the investigating officer shall, as far as possible, be conducted at a time and place of his convenience such as his place of residence or business, and the investigation officer shall be dressed in plain clothes, unless the Good Samaritan chooses to visit the police station.

 Where the examination of the Good Samaritan is not possible to be conducted at a time and place of his convenience and the Good Samaritan is required by the Investigation Officer to visit the police station, the reasons for the same shall be recorded by such officer in writing.

 In case a Good Samaritan chooses to visit the Police Station, he shall be examined in a single examination in a reasonable and time-bound manner, without causing any undue delay.

 In case the Good Samaritan speaks a language other than the language of the Investigating Officer or the local language of the respective jurisdiction, the Investigating Officer shall arrange for an interpreter.

 Where a Good Samaritan declares himself to be an eye-witness, he shall be allowed to give his evidence on affidavit, in accordance with section 296 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

 The complete statement or affidavit of such Good Samaritan shall be recorded by the Police official while conducting the investigation in a single examination.

 In case the attendance of the Good Samaritan cannot be procured without delay, expense or inconvenience which, under the circumstances of the case, would be unreasonable, or his examination is unable to take place at a time and place of his convenience, the Court of Magistrate may appoint a commission for the examination of the Good Samaritan in accordance with section 284 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 on an application by the concerned.

The government has put the onus on The Superintendent of Police (SP) or Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to ensure that all the above mentioned procedures are implemented throughout their respective jurisdiction.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Akhilesh Yadav Stops Convoy

No One For Help, Former UP CM Saves Lives Of Severely Injured Road Accident Victims

IIM Prof Writes A Heartwarming Post On Facebook; Thanks Those Who Helped His Son Recover From A Road Accident

Kolkata: Bystanders Help Road Accident Victim, Father Expresses Gratitude Through FB Post

While Onlookers Stole 17-Yr-Old Road Accident Victim’s Phone, This Daughter-Mother Duo Helped Her

Road Accident

Delhi: Accident Victim Waits For Help For 12 Hours On The Road, Gets Robbed Of His Phone And Money

As Iran Prepares To Elect Its Next President, Here’s All You Need To Know About Its Election

CCTV Footage: Accident Victim Dies Unattended On Delhi Road, Phone Got Stolen But Nobody Helped

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Police Officer Thrashed By BJP Councillor At A Restaurant, Incident Captured In CCTV Camera

News

Universities To Lose Affiliation If They Retain Students’ Original Documents During Admission: UGC

Get Inspired

Indian-American Woman Honoured With Presidential Award By White House For Her Work Against Human Trafficking

News

Amritsar Train Tragedy: Punjab CM Orders Magisterial Inquiry Into The Accident Which Killed Over 60

News

Areas Surrounding Siang River Alerted Of Flash Floods After Formation Of Artificial Lake In Tibet

Awareness

School Management Committee – Delhi Govt’s Initiative To Involve Parents In Decision Making Of Schools

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.