Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Courage

If only we could get past our fear of being involved in police cases, and pluck up our courage to do what is right, we might be able to save a life.
Many a time we drive past an accident thinking “this is nothing to do with me”. Sometimes, the people injured may be critical, but we don’t want to get “involved” with the entailing hassles, at other times we salve our conscience with the argument “who has the time?”
This reminds me of the story where a doctor drove past a crowd gathered around a seriously injured boy. It was only later that he discovered that the boy was his own son and he could have saved him had he stopped.
But there are some people who work hard to ensure that the injured get immediate medical assistance. Bharat Pawar, a young boy working in my office is one such person.
On December 10 he was traveling back by bus from his home town. At Wai, the bus tried to overtake a milk tanker, and unfortunately crashed into its rear. A passenger sitting in the front seat bore the brunt of the accident and was badly crushed. The other passengers were relatively unhurt, except for the shock. As the door was jammed, Bharat and his friend jumped out of the window and assessed the situation. When he saw the injured person, he was initially paralysed with shock , but realised that something has to be done to save him.
In the stillness of the night, he tried ringing the bus depot and the police station but there was no response. With the help of his friend and the driver (who was miraculously unhurt) they managed to extract the injured passenger from the mangled twisted metal. It was unfortunate that none of the other passengers came out of the bus to help. He tried to flag down passing cars, but none would stop, while the ones who did stop took in the scene and fled. Finally a good Samaritan stopped and agreed to ferry Bharat to the nearest police station. There he had a tough time convincing the police to call an ambulance and accompany him. He says “I realized that the only way to save the passenger was to get the police involved and move him quickly to a hospital”
The injured passenger was in the ICU for about a week before he was moved out, when we last heard.


If we could only overcome our initial fear of getting involved, then the mortality rate due to road accidents can be reduced.
The above picture is a silhouette of Bharat.

24 comments:

Lazy Pineapple said...

wow...do shake Bharat's hand for me for saving that man's life. Such people are so rare in this world.

Harman said...

..People should come forward and help others ..and the govt shld award or encourage people for helping or saving life.. rather being scared..

kavita said...

Kudos to people like Bharat Pawar and all others who worked as a team to save this person's life.Few years back one of our batch mate who was drunk driving at midnight was hit by a truck ...he was critically hurt,there was hardly any traffic at that hr.of the night.Luckily for him some good soul spotted him and dumped (yes kind of)him at a nearby hospital and vanished from the scene most probably to avoid any legal formalities.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

It is always good to have heros in our lives! He is a great example!

God Bless,
Jackie

Nalini Hebbar said...

hats off to the hero!!!
sad but true that we need to get involved but we don't...we are getting selfcentered day by day

Harshad mehta said...

Yes. I plead guilty.

Will i show more courage in future? I think yes.

BK Chowla, said...

Yes, we should get involved, but you must also take into account the harassment one goes through when one gets involved with the police.
Can there be a guarantee that police will stand by ?
How many of us can really trust the police?

BIG Omi said...

Hey Man thorughly amazing person! Kudos to him and hat's off to you for spreading the awareness!

Thanks
BIG OMi

RamMmm said...

Absolutely true. And hats off and thanks to those people who put others over themselves not worrying about the repercussions and being human in all its denomination. The fact that there would be no harassment from the police for saving lives as a 3rd party entity (or even an involved one) needs to be reinforced as much as possible. (It was a shame that a police officer bled to death a few weeks ago in Tirunelveli in full view of state ministers who didn't even come out of their cars and waited for an ambulance to come, which came too late to save his life)

Neha said...

Proud of people like Bharat. Kudos to him. Last year, a cycle-mechanic saved the life of a dear friend by rushing him to the hospital while others simply ignored him when he fell after his bike was hit by abother. He was under the ventillator for 5 weeks after that, but thankfully, a young less-educated boy had the heart and courage to do something that adults and educated people cannot.

ssstoryteller said...

a true hero...

Nostalgia said...

I really wish things would change in India where we are so scared of being embroiled with police cases. To fear the people who are supposed to protect us is the worst situation. I am glad there are still people like you have narrated plucking up their courage and doing the right thing

Swetha Guptha said...

Being selfless is a rare quality....Bharath has done a gr8 job!! Wish him on my behalf!

Farila said...

Fear and selfishness stops us from doing the right things most of the time pushing us towards doing what is best for us.... Gr8 post and good prodding for the citizens there.
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Dancing Branflake said...

Thank you for the reminder. It takes courage to do the right thing sometimes, but in the end people need us. Well, we need each other.

asha said...

Genuine helping hands are rare these days. May bharat's tribe increase

A said...

It is nice to know.

Weeping Sore said...

How wonderful to hear such an inspiring story. It renews my hope that the more people who do the right thing, the more others will be inspired by their example. Thanks for sharing Bharat's story.

Anjuli said...

Such a great post- this is very true!! An inspiring story which reminds us we need to be willing to get involved.

Gauri Gharpure said...

people like Bharat must be applauded by the society at large so tht more people follow suit. you have done a grt thing by blogging abt it..

perumalythoma said...

I am one of those who will look the other way.

When I was a student living alone, the lady in the next house set fire to herself.
It was one of those open-topped outdoor bathrooms you find in Kerala.
So I jumped the wall, pulled whatever was left out, rolled her in the mud.
Then I tried calling the cops. It was the first of April.
After hours, an ambulance arrived. Followed leisurely by the cops.
No one seemed perturbed that the lady was now dead.
Since the cops didn't have a clue, since I was a bachelor, since the lady's husband was an NRI, since I was the one at the scene, since action had to be shown as being taken, I ended up getting pummeled at the local station for an entire night till some friends figured what had happened and managed to get influence to bear.

The next time I see someone in trouble, I'm going home. Honest.

Madhu said...

The city I live has a good law in place. If you see an person who had met with an accident (or in need of immediate medical/police attention), by law, he/she is supposed to stop, assist and call 911 and wait until the emergency vehicles arrive. Of course, if the incident happens in an isolated area where there is no one, too bad for the person injured.

I think these kind of laws need to be in place. While I genuinely admire Bharat for standing up and taking the responsibility of a fellow citizen, not many people are like him.

Inspiring story indeed.

Casuarina said...

I recall a bus accident I was part of near the Umiang Lake on my way from Shillong to Guwahati. There was almost an entire busload of passengers, helplessly waiting for assistance, but not a single passing vehicle, including that of the army base nearby, stopped to help. Finally it was an almost full bus of Assam State Transport Corporation that bailed us all out. Some passengers, even though they had reserved seats, gave up their seats for the aged or children.It was an eye opener of an experience. We found the public willing to help when those who should ideally have helped turned away.

Shalini said...

A pat on Bharat's shoulder. This is good...we need such people. Not only during these times, people in general do not help others! I was passing by my college canteen when this bhaiya cycling a bread cart lost his balance and the bread packets fell from his cycle. People just walked through...nobody even cared about giving him a helping hand! Me and my friend rushed to help and only then some people came and asked what was going on!