It is not uncommon to see a crowd gathered around an accident victim, and instead of stepping up to help or do something, most of them mutely watch the proceedings.
While sometimes, people do not want to get in the middle of an ongoing fight or argument, there are times when a severe accident has occurred and the ‘bystander effect,’ a socio-psychological phenomenon, in which members of a crowd do not offer help to a victim because other people are present, comes into play. Some of them also worry about the consequences of taking the victim to a hospital.
Mumbai is a busy city where every person is in a hurry to get to their work or home, and Alok Mehta was no different.
However, he has set an example for everyone by shunning the instinct to run away and helping a road accident victim near the Elphinstone station.
Even as Alok was worried about being harassed by the Mumbai Police or hospital staff with questions, counter questions and suspicions, he knew he had to help the victim who lay in a pool of his blood.
“As usual there were a lot of people around him, but no one helped him. I too tried to ignore him but could not, I gathered some courage and asked the people standing there to help me,” he says in a Facebook post.
Read Alok’s post here to know how the hospital and police authorities shattered all the reservations that he, and many like him, have, about helping road accident victims.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)