ROAD SAFETY. JUSTICE CRAWLS. MUST READ. THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF US.
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Subject: JUSTICE CRAWLS by RASHMI OBEROI
As one returns to India from a trip abroad, the first thing which hits you in the eye is the chaos on the Indian roads. We have acquired vehicles, but not the automobile culture. The rate of growth of the number of motor vehicles has been at a CAGR of more than ten percent during some years. The infrastructure has not kept pace with this pace. The culture of the police and the judiciary is archaic. The rich and the powerful get away with blue murder. The statistics which we have are flawed. In many cases, even fatalities are not reported.
As per some independent studies carried out by international organizations, the economic cost of the road accidents is nearly three percent of our GDP. The figure exceeds our defence budget. And in this calculation the trauma suffered by the victims is not included. I have heard of families which have lost all that they possessed in a single road tragedy. In fact I do not know of a single family which has not lost a member in a vehicle crash. The worst are the cases of young men who have been maimed for life.
Ms Rashmi Oberoi has sent in a chilling story of her personal trauma. She has also added some pictures which tell the tale even better. I am giving below a link to the post on our blog. Please do share your views on how we can rectify this situation, and thus save our children from their daily battle on the roads.
My friend, Joseph Thomas believes that road safety and 'swatchh abhiyaan' should be the two main priorities of our government to improve the quality of life in our country which is otherwise doing reasonably well. Now here is the link :
At the end of the story I have added a link to a Pakistani serial which tells a story similar to our ethos in the lighter vein. You may skip it if you do not have the time or inclination to watch the clip.
Wish you a Happy Deepawali, and safe driving on the roads!