December 12, 2010

Death of Human Sensitivity

Few months right since morning, the TV News Channels (almost all of them like NDTV India, NDTV 24x7, India TV, Star News, Aaj Tak, Zee News, IBN7, Headlines Today, etc.) were repeatedly telecasting the video footage of the very shocking incident of a police officer (SI - Sub-Inspector) bleeding to death somewhere in the Tirunelveli district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

The fleeting images of the policeman raising his head, flailing his hands in despair at the onlookers for some help in relieving him of his enormous pain and suffering have stayed will and will stay for a long time to come.

This case highlights the death of sensitivity of one man towards another man. And while watching this shocking incident just one thought ran across my mind - it could have been me or you or for that matter, anyone of us instead of that helpless police officer.

The media seems to have found it more offending than usual perhaps for the reason that the men who appear to be mute spectators at the scene of this incident are those with power (politicians, government officials) and could have easily helped the dying SI had they wished to.

Just a parting thought and a very relevant question – how many of us (including those in the media) would stop and help a man lying injured on the roads due to accidental injury or something more gruesome like what the helpless police officer had to go through?

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