ABOUT A week back a rashly driven jeep ran over a child in the Aishbag area of Bhopal. One Waseem, who chased the offending vehicle, was hurt severely and succumbed almost immediately.
In a rare PR gesture, City police top brass led by livewire DIG Anuradha Shankar turned out in strength to present a s 10,000 cheque to Waseem’s kin. Public generally avoids getting involved with criminal cases, lest they end up doing rounds of police stations and courts for testimony though ultimately accused may be acquitted.
Wassem did the unusual. He deserved to be honoured so more people come forward. I want to record my appreciation for the police for presenting aid to Waseem’s kin.
But, Waseem’s family deserved a much higher amount. The police financial resources are limited and may have been the reason for the small amount. I hope the State Government has been informed of the brave act of this Good Samaritan and they are considering helping the family that may have lost the sole breadwinner.
Speed and amount of reward will go a long way in proving the government cares. Most people do not know that in a road accident death, even if no third party insurance can be claimed due to lack of vehicle number, the kin is entitled to Rs 25,000 from a special fund that is maintained with the District Collector.
It may not be out of place to mention here a case of misplaced generosity of ministers in undeserving cases. Over a year ago two groups of drunken youths took their fight to the railway tracks and unmindful of the oncoming train continued fighting.
Three to four of them were run over and a few were injured. The then Chief Minister visited the bereaved family and handed over cheques of substantial amounts. I was amazed at this show of generosity at state cost to law-breakers who ran into trouble because of their own folly and definitely deserved no sympathy.
If the law-breakers, as indicated in this case, could be given handsome amounts as compensation, Waseem’s family definitely deserves a more sympathetic consideration and a far better deal. Will some NGOs step in?
R J Khurana