Fate has dealt a cruel blow to Darshna Rani (40), who has been confined to bed ever since she was hit by a speeding car on August 8. And adding insult to the injury, police have allegedly been dilly-dallying in taking action against the culprit, said to be a woman belonging to a well-off family.
Darshna is ironically the sole breadwinner for her family since she has to take care of her paralysed husband.
Posted as a Class IV employee at a school in Model Town area, she was watching a religious procession when a car driven by a woman hit her. Even as those present at the spot took her to hospital, the erring driver managed to flee the spot. Police lodged an FIR three days after the incident, initially trying to hush up the matter.
"I saw a woman driving the car. I raised an alarm. The people gave a chase to the accused but she managed to flee with the car. Passers-by called for an ambulance and took me to Krishna Hospital, Model Town, for treatment," she added.
Darshna said that her medical expenses had come to around Rs 45,000 till date. She had suffered multiple fractures on her left leg and doctors had advised her rest for at least three months.
"Doctors have told me not to go to work for at least three months, as my leg would take this much time to heal. I am facing a situation similar to someone caught between the proverbial devil and the deep sea. How will make both ends meet and take care of my husband if I do not work," she rued.
Darshna said she was thankful to her brother Raj Kumar Khera who had given shelter to her along with her husband and two children at his house. However, she said, she did not want to be a burden on her brother. Moreover, the financial position of Khera was not such that he could take care of them for three months.
Her brother Raj Kumar said they had come to know that the car belonged to the owners of a cloth showroom in Haibowal Kalan. "They are influential people and police officials are reluctant to take action against them," he alleged.
"Since I owe allegiance to the BJP and hold a certain position in society, but police are not listening to me. One can well imagine how difficult it will be for a common man to seek justice from police," he remarked.
Dr Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman of the road safety council, asserted that police should take strict action in hit-and-run cases. "The status of the accused should not hamper the investigation," he said.
When contacted, Inspector Ashok Kumar, SHO of Model Town police station, maintained that a case had been registered and police were investigating to identify the erring car driver. Police were bound to ensure justice to the victim, he claimed.