Alva seeks report on tunnel mishap, flays public apathy

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 18:41

Jaipur: Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva has sought report from the state government over a road mishap inside a tunnel here in which a 26-year old woman and her infant daughter were killed on Sunday.
"I am deeply saddened and disturbed by our response, as a society, to the unfortunate accident that claimed the lives of a mother and daughter at `Ghat ki Guni` tunnel in Jaipur on Sunday," she said in a statement today while condoling the deaths.

"Unfortunately, the first reaction in such situations or perhaps, most situations -- is to blame the Government. I have asked for a detailed report from the Government on the accident at `Ghat ki Ghuni` and reason for the delay in help reaching them," Alva said.

The governor, expressing hopes that the state government will consider ways to make driving through the tunnel safer, also stressed on the need for fresh initiatives to restore the basic values of care and compassion in the society.

26-year-old woman Guddi and her eight-month-old daughter Aarushi were killed when the motorcycle they were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck inside the newly opened tunnel here on Sunday. However, the woman`s husband and son escaped with minor injuries.

Police said the injured husband kept crying for help for around 40 minutes but the motorists ignored their cries and every vehicle passed by without stopping delaying prompt medical treatment.

Recalling the Delhi gang-rape incident, she said many passers-by unfortunately had also simply looked but did not stop to help a rape victim.

"It is high time that all of us- citizens, policy makers, media and intellectuals - deliberate on why we, as a society, are becoming insensitive," she pointed out.


First Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 18:40

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