Value for life = 0

4 Nov

Now that Deepavali is over, I’d like to write about something serious that happened the day after Deepavali.

A friends wife was on the balcony of their apartment watching her 9 year old playing below. The friend and his teenage son were out visiting relatives.

Unknown to her, her clothes caught fire from a lamp (diya) behind. She was burnt very badly and suffered over 50% burns.

Now comes the sad part. It took the shocked family over 3 hours to find a hospital that would accept her. All of them said that this was a police case. Imagine this, a wife and a mother is nearly charred and they wont accept you because they are afraid of the police. What the hell is that???? This was especially difficult because it happened to a lady. Finally influence had to be used to get her into a hospital.
So what are they saying here. “Sorry maam, we know you are hurt, but we cannot treat you because this is a police case”????

Am I missing something here???

UPDATE: She has had 2 surgeries and is doing well.. but a long way to go.

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17 Responses to “Value for life = 0”

  1. praneshachar November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    it is really sad part and the noble profession oath they take when they complete their graduation all thrown to winds. I think something like is very common in all accident cases also so many private hospitals send the needy people fighting life and death
    are sent from pillar to post and it is totally inhuman and against all professional ethics.
    police they are worried they have to go court several times etc. etc., and they loose their precious time ( time i money you know for them) but human life has no value.opt title to the post

    Value for life = 0

    wish the lady speedy recovery and let the WIFE AND MOTHER COME BACK TO FILL THE RESPECTIVE POSITIONS. YES BURN INJURIES TAKE LONG TIME TO
    HEAL AND TIME IS THE HEALER FOR THE FAMILY LET US PRAY FOR ALL THE GOOD FOR FAMILY.

    SUCH POSTS ALSO NEEDED TO SPREAD AWARENESS AND
    VIJAY YOUR POST WAS TOUCHY AND AN EYE OPENER FOR ALL HOSPITALS AND ALL DOCTORS IN PARTICULAR

    MANY CASES BECAUSE OF NOT GETTING FIRST AID END UP IN LOOSING A PRECIOUS LIFE BY THE TIME YOU REACH THE GOVT HOSPITAL OR VERY BIG HOSPITAL

  2. Simi November 5, 2008 at 1:14 am #

    Firstly I’m really happy to read that she is doing well. Wish her a speedy recovery too. Sadly this is the state of affairs in India. Many people with a heart go away (with a heavy heart) from an accident (road or otherwise) without extending any help just not to get “entangled” in the legal procedures. You never know my friend (God forbid) if the victim passes away some policemen (?!) will try to make money out of the incident. “Why risk your peace of mind to serve someone” is many Indians’ attitude, (mine too!) It stirs your conscience but you would get used to it! I along with many friends, when doing my college in TN, extricated (well, almost) a lorry driver and a cleaner from their mangled vehicle and could do NOTHING (ABSOLUTELY!) but watch them moan in pain. No one, including other lorries, stopped to transport them to a hospital. I left the scene not able to be there anymore doing nothing. Let me tell you, IMO, unless the authorities’ attitudes, their interpretation of the laws etc change nothing much could be done. God save her!

  3. Rada November 5, 2008 at 7:37 am #

    What a horror story!

    Glad to know your friend’s wife is recovering…

  4. Cuckoo November 5, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    Don’t they know that it is compulsory now for hospitals to give at least a first aid & then call the police ? Even in a clear accidental case ?

  5. Vijay November 5, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    @Pranesh: I know.. that is sad..
    @Simi: wow !!!
    @Rada: She is.. but its still a long road
    @Cuckoo: I had heard of that.. but somehow the rule does not seem to be implemented.

  6. Guest November 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    I don’t condone this but can see why this is a police case given the history of dowry-related burning deaths or “accidents”. It is still the hospital’s and doctor’s legal and moral responsibility to provide first-aid & then call the police.

  7. Arun Kumar November 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    I wish a speedy recovery to the victim and their family. Please read the following with a broad mind and open perspective; otherwise it might sound offensive or inhuman.

    Points to Ponder:

    1. Precaution is better than cure:
    Why light diyas or deepas in this century (traditions can be implemented differently without losing their meanings)? That too in modern (read hardly any space) houses or apartments? It is not only a waste of oil (energy resources) but also a fire hazard. I am relieved that the whole apartment didn’t burn down. It is about time, we celebrate with environment and scarce resources in mind.

    2. Accept the real world (India):
    Why do most people want to avoid anything to do with Police, Politicians and Pontiffs (Khaki, Khadi and Kavi)? One experience (near experience) is enough to reprogram your brain. It is not about value for life, it is value for your life (read personal time and other resources meant for self and family). The problems (corruption, etc.) in India are highly complicated and tightly interlinked. If you think that things (the way India shouldn’t be) are going to change even in your just born grandchild’s old age, you need immediate psychiatric attention. It will be centuries before an acceptable solution can be found and implemented to its success.

    3. To each on their own:
    They say the world has transitioned from muscle power to money power to information power. India works differently; you need all the three: Muscle, Money and Influence. Nobody has enough of it and therefore everybody is busy getting more of it. Result: No time for others no matter what. Further more people and less opportunities result in unwanted competitions making you self-centered to even just survive.

  8. Chitra November 6, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    This is really sad. I wish her a speedy recovery.
    Imagine if this were an actual dowry case – whoever it is burns you and nobody will even touch you. Very heartening!

  9. Vijay November 6, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    @Guest: Agree 100%
    @Arun: Good comments… I guess the 3 Ks rule… beleive me in this case this person had all the three.. yet it did not work…
    @Chitra: Scary… yes

  10. A Cynic in Wonderland November 7, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    had happened to a friends aunt as well – she wasnt so lucky. didnt survive the accident.

    the callousness and apathy is unforgivable.

  11. My3 November 7, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    It is very sad that we need MMI to get basic treatment. We really should work toward the police being guardians for the common man. Unfortunately even for the police, it is easy to harass the medical outfit as they are sitting ducks. Somewhere somehow we have to insist on humanity as the over-riding principles of our life. It will come. Just sad to read about the pain the lady would have gone through just to get to a hospital. We all send our wishes for a speedy recovery.

  12. Veena November 7, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    I heard the news which everybody here spoke.. No police case for the first treatment! wonder whether this is just on paper still..

    Didn’t your friend know any doctor atleast? Generally such thing helps alva?
    Wishing her for the speedy recovery.. Value of life = 0 alla, may be Value of life directly proportional to the county you live in.. Sigh!!

  13. My3 November 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    MMI=Muscle Money Influence 😦 none of which worked here, looks like

  14. vijay November 8, 2008 at 1:46 am #

    unfortunately she passed away last night (friday) due to sudden complications . .

  15. sindhu November 9, 2008 at 5:33 am #

    I think you can file a suit against those hospitals or medical professionals who refuse treat patients if not with complete medical care, atleast with the required first aid. I remember coming across something like this before and my father said that whether an accident case has been taken over by the police or not, refusal of first aid treatment means the institution / person will be in big trouble later.

  16. Priya November 11, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Hey, visiting your blog for the first time and found this.
    This is shocking, yes.
    I’m from the same school as Rahul (her son). I’m one year senior to him. We all heard the news in school and were shocked.

  17. Vijay November 12, 2008 at 4:05 am #

    @Sindhu: That is the law.. but somehow its not implemented
    @Priya: Thanks for the visit…it is shocking..

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