Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Boy deprived of help after accident dies, bystanders click pics

Boy deprived of help after accident dies, bystanders click pics

Riaz, Ali's brother told PTI, "No one came to his help, they were making video and clicking pictures".

Recently, in a similar incident, a 38-year-old police officer deprived of timely medical help by onlookers succumbed to injuries following an accident in Mysuru. The driver of the vehicle, Constable Lakshman, died on the spot, but Kumar's body was trapped in the mangled remains of the metallic frame. Instead, the crowd began taking pictures of Ali, who was lying in a pool of blood and crying for help. His father died four years ago. Soon, footage of the boy's dying moments appeared on social media.

While it's alarming for such deaths to take place anywhere, in Karnataka the public's negligence is strikingly ironic. The incident has stunned the state as it comes after the Karnataka government has passed the Good Samaritan Act which allows people to help the accident victims without the legal hassles to deal with. An ambulance arrived at the sport only half an hour later.

What is even more disheartening is that the onlookers rather than helping the victim were busy in recording the accident on their mobile phones.

Road Safety- Salient Features of Karnataka's Good Samaritan Law
Boy deprived of help after accident dies, bystanders click pics

In May past year, India's Supreme Court ruled that "good Samaritans" would be protected from harassment.

Here's where the Good Samaritan Law comes in, meant to protect civilians who step up to help victims of road accidents (rather than victimising them in turn).

However, correspondents say that many people are unaware of the rulings and do not trust the police to follow them.

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