February 17th, 2017
It’s high time that we stand up for the victims of road accidents, instead of exhibiting our cold and callous attitude towards them.
Despite the Good Samaritan Law – the law that provides basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger – prevailing in our country, we move away from the scene of an accident remarks of sympathy for the victims. But we don’t do anything to help them.
On 1 February, a Bengaluru woman, Jyothi Srinivas Tangudu met with an accident on Whitefield main road while she was riding her two-wheeler back home. She fell from her scooter and became unconscious. While every other commuter drove past her, a woman traffic warden Manju Mehra got information about the accident and immediately responded to help Jyothi.
On 1st Feb I met with an accident on the Whitefield main road. I became unconscious and was in a helpless situation….
Without delay Manju Mehra called up Mr Krishnappa, a police officer near Whitefield, to take control of the situation. Mr Krishnappa rushed to the spot of the accident and took the victim to a nearby hospital. He also informed about the accident to the victim’s husband and took care of her belongings and the scooter.
Thankfully, Jyothi’s life was saved because of Manju Mehra and Mr Krishnappa who responded in the golden hour.
Manju Mehra is one of the very few women traffic wardens of the city who is volunteering to make the roads congestion-free and safe for the citizens. For the last two years, she has been a traffic warden at Graphite Signal in Marathahalli, clearing congestion and resolving road rage incidents. Apart from managing the traffic, she also helps in filling the potholes in the routes she oversees. She feels that potholes are also a leading cause of deaths and spinal injuries. Her job is thankless, and she faces a lot of abuse by traffic violators every day, but she takes them as a compliment and continues her work.
The Logical Indian salutes Manju Mehra and Officer Krishnappa for helping the citizens in the best possible ways they can.
It is disappointing to note that despite the provisions of the Good Samaritan Law, people still do not want to help road accident victims.
We urge every citizen not to drive away, but to try and help fellow citizens in distress. The Good Samaritan law is there to help.
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