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Delhi’s apathetic side: 96% won’t help accident victims

The Capital not only lives up to the adage of being the crime capital of the country but has moved a notch higher on the inhuman scale. HT reports

india Updated: Jul 11, 2013 02:11 IST
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The Capital not only lives up to the adage of being the crime capital of the country but has moved a notch higher on the inhuman scale.

A survey conducted across seven cities by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) India - a global market research company - and commissioned by NGO Save Life Foundation revealed that Delhi recorded the highest percentage of bystanders (96%) who were unlikely to help a road accident victim.

The study had a sample size of 1,027 across the cities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Indore and Kolkata.

Accident victims in Kolkata and Indore were most likely to get help from bystanders.

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The survey also revealed that a whopping 74% of bystanders were unlikely to help severely-injured roadside victims. Of these, nearly 88% respondents stated their reluctance stemmed from legal hassles, which included police questioning and court appearances. "In Delhi, 91.3% bystanders were afraid of legal hassles," said Piyush Tewari, Founder, Save Life Foundation.

According to the study, just 39% of the bystanders in Delhi believed their city had an efficient rapid response ambulance service, while 71% of them expressed demand for a Good Samaritan Law, which offers legal protection to those who help the injured or people in peril.

"People are not apathetic to helping a person in need but certain systems have to be put in place to make people come forward," said Sandeep Ghosh, vice-president, TNS India.

The study also revealed that 88% of the respondents expressed the need for a supportive legal environment to enable Samaritans to help the injured. About 77% bystanders felt that hospitals unnecessarily detain such people and often demanded money from them for the victim's treatment.

It also revealed that 80% of road accident victims in India do not receive any emergency medical care within the first hour of the mishap.