Humanity: Switch On, Switch Off
The humane side of humans is quite confusing. Most of us are not that bad. But most of us are often too lazy or uninformed or busy. So on March 20 2014, another train derailment happened in Mumbai. Yeah, I already wrote about it in my blog. But this time, I decided to voice my concern again.
If you are not aware of the incident, let me tell you in brief. A local train derailed, yet again. Many were injured. One guy was killed. Yes, killed, I will prefer not to use the term 'died' here and you will know why.
Dhaval, an HSC student, was 17-year old and had just completed his board exams. Reportedly, it took 90 minutes for medical help to arrive. But there were people around who kept clicking photos instead of helping out the guy. His friend singlehandedly tried to get help but it is not an easy task when your friend is bleeding and you are in shock with the sudden turn of events. Finally a couple of journalists helped create a makeshift stretcher and helped him reach the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival. Let's forget blaming the railway authorities for once and look within ourselves.
They say too many people gathered and were clicking pictures. Let's assume there were just three onlookers. And the one friend who tried his best. So four of them. Here's what could have happened. Here's how, perhaps, Dhaval could have been saved.
In 5 minutes: Two of them could have together lifted the guy. One could have asked people to clear way to reach the road.
In another 10 mins max: One could have dialled helplines / hospitals and other could have got a rickshaw / taxi / lift to the nearest hospital.
In another 15 minutes max, they could have reached a hospital / dispensary.
In another 10 minutes: A doctor could have attended him and taken it from there.
Total: 40 minutes to medical attention.
That day, 90 minutes were wasted waiting for medical help. I do not blame the friend, it must have been too tough for him to think of an idea in that situation. If I was in his place, I would have only hoped for help and hope that medical team will arrive in next five minutes, more five minutes, more five minutes...
But people who had the presence of mind to click photographs, did not have the presence of mind or humanity to help. I am not saying they were not good people. But could they not understand the severity of the situation? Would they have continued updating posts on Facebook if their brother was lying in front of them? It's a shame.
Why am I writing this? Well, this is just a preparatory post. So that, God forbid, the next time you come across a situation like this, you don't waste a second. You have been told what can be done. Instead of clicking pics, stand there for a couple of minutes, clear your head and think, "How can I help this person in the fastest manner?"
Share this solution. Or add your tips here. Now.
Few years ago, I witnessed a woman dying after meeting with a weird train accident as no medical help arrived. People gathered then too. But three of us, total strangers and youngsters back then, did all we could to save her, as quickly as we could. Some rickshaws did not agree to ferry us with her. We begged them, screamed at them and managed to get one as soon as we could. Unfortunately, she was declared dead when we reached Cooper hospital. I can never forget that. I will live knowing that I could not save that woman. But at least I do not live with the guilt of not trying.
So try when you can, help when you can. And be quick at that. You have been told and prepared. Keep the humane element in you alive and active.