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7 hit-and-run accidents every hour; how witnesses can help
More than 20,000 people lost their lives in hit-and-run cases nationwide in 2015, according to government data, and the reluctance of witnesses to be involved because of legal entanglements illustrates the need for clear laws to support “good samaritans”, as the state describes them.
 
Hit-and-run cases accounted for 11.4% of total accidents in 2015, an increase from 10.9% in 2014, according to road transport ministry data.
 
While 57 accidents were reported and 17 lives lost per hour in 2015, more than 54 per cent killed were between 15 and 35 years old, in the prime of youth.
 
Protecting Samaritans
 
On January 21, 2016, the government issued standard operating procedures to prevent unjust examination of eyewitnesses to road accidents, India's transport minister said, replying to a question by G. Hari, a Lok Sabha member Tamil Nadu, on February 25, 2016.
 
The standard procedures call for non-coercive, non-discriminatory, and time-bound inquiry into an accident -- and the examinee cannot be compelled to disclose personal information.
 
The guidelines also state that the samaritan does not have to pay for treatment unless he/she is related to the injured person.
 
National highways see more accidents
 
The central government intends to convert 52,000 km of state highways into national highways. The upgrade -- without instituting adequate safety measures on and along the national highways -- would be undesirable because the accidents and deaths in 2015 on national highways exceeded those on the state highways in 2014, by 4.5% and 6%.
 
Two-wheelers were involved in more fatal accidents (26%) than other vehicles; those riding two-wheelers accounted for 25.2% of all deaths on the road.
 
Uttar Pradesh (as on June 23, 2016) became the latest state to make wearing of helmets for pillions mandatory.
 
Controlled areas (manned by policemen or with machines installed for regulating traffic movement) witness fewer accidents (32% of the total) as compared to uncontrolled environments.
 
More than 20% of accidents were caused by drivers either on learner's licence or without licence, suggesting the need for remedial classes for those who cause accidents while on such licences.
 
As many as 52% of 387 drivers tested to discern a causal link between visual defects and accidents failed in at least one of the vision parameters tested, according to a study by Ashish Varma, Assistant Professor, Transportation Engineering, Indian Institute of Science.
 
The study also found that 60% of commercial bus drivers failed the minimum vision requirements for driving.
 
As many as 74% of respondents expressed unwillingness to assist victims of road accidents, according to a study, Impediments to Bystander Care in India, conducted by SaveLIFE Foundation, an advocacy working for road safety and TNS India, a global marketing research company, in July 2013.
 
As many as 88% of the unwilling bystanders cited legal hassles, involving repeated police questioning and multiple court appearances, for their hesitation.
 
Nearly 90% of the study participants wanted the enactment of a law to protect bystanders from harassment in case of administration of help to the victims.
 
The SaveLife-TNS study also points to another study by the Indian Journal of Surgery published in 2006 where it was found that 80% of road accident victims do not receive any medical care within the first or golden hour after the accident.
 
The absence of any protective framework is in stark contrast to legislations prevalent throughout the world.
 
The 201st Law Commission report mentions that doctors say 50% of accident victims could be saved if timely intervention is ensured.
 
Global pledges and comparisons
 
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations on September 25, 2015 aim to halve the global deaths and injuries from road accidents by 2030.
 
For India (a middle-income economy), the target is less than seven fatalities per 100,000 population from a baseline of 20.1 in 2010.
 
India became a signatory to the Brasilia declaration on November 19, 2015, committing to halve road accident deaths by 2020.
 
The road ahead: mitigating measures
 
A pilot project for cashless treatment of road accident victims is already operational on NH-8 (Gurgaon-Jaipur and Vadodara-Mumbai) and NH-33 (Ranchi-Mahulia). The service includes free cashless treatment up to Rs30,000 for road accident victims within 48 hours.
 
The government is also implementing the National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme (NHARSS) to provide cranes and ambulances for evacuation purposes. As many as 140 advanced life support ambulances have been handed over to 140 identified state government hospitals.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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'Peepli Live' co-director gets 7 years jail for rape
A court on Thursday sentenced Mahmood Farooqui, the co-director of acclaimed 2010 Hindi film "Peepli Live", to seven years jail after finding him guilty of raping an American woman.
 
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Farooqui, who was convicted on July 30 of raping a 35-year-old woman from Columbia University who was in India for research on her doctoral thesis.
 
The woman, who moved to Delhi in June 2014, was looking for contacts for her work in Gorakhpur and came in contact with Farooqui through a common friend.
 
The incident occurred on March 28, 2015 when Farooqui invited her for dinner at his house.
 
According to the police chargesheet, the woman, who reached his house at 9 p.m., found Farooqui was very intoxicated, and he asked her to go to the other room which was his office.
 
After 20 minutes, she left the office room to smoke in the porch when he told her to come in and sit down, it said. After talking with her for a while, he suddenly kissed her and forced himself on her, the prosecution said, adding that the woman was scared after the incident.
 
During the trial, the American researcher stood by her complaint and alleged that Farooqui had raped her, while he denied the allegations, and claimed he was falsely implicated.
 
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Indian passenger carriers cancel flights to Dubai
Some of the major Indian passenger carriers on Thursday cancelled their scheduled operations to Dubai due to the unavailability of runway at the Dubai International Airport.
 
The announcements by the Indian carriers came a day after an Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai caught fire after it crash-landed at Dubai airport.
 
"Dubai airport has announced limited operations up to August 5, 2016. As a result, for August 4, 2016, Jet Airways has cancelled four flights from India to Dubai along with their corresponding return flights," a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement.
 
"In addition, Jet Airways will re-route two Dubai-bound flights to Sharjah and is awaiting slot approval from Sharjah Airport to re-route four additional flights." 
 
Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet, too, cancelled all its flights to Dubai which were to be operated on Thursday.
 
"In the wake of the Emirates aircraft crash-landing at Dubai airport yesterday and in accordance with the instructions from the Dubai Airport Authorities, all our flights to and from Dubai scheduled for today have been cancelled," SpiceJet said in a statement.
 
"Post the runway closure at Dubai airport yesterday, our yesterday's flights to the city had been diverted to Al Maktoum International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and Sharjah International Airport."
 
The budget carrier further said that it had arranged alternate mode of travel for passengers of the diverted flights to reach Dubai city. 
 
Another low cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo also cancelled its flights to Dubai for August 4, due to the unavailability of runway at the Dubai airport. 
 
"From August 05 till 0730 IST August 07 - limited flights will be allowed to operate from Dubai airport," IndiGo said in a statement.
 
The airline said that it has already notified passengers about their respective flight status through various channels.
 
On Wednesday, Emirates flight EK521, ferrying 282 passengers and 18 crew, caught fire when it crash-landed at Dubai International Airport.
 
All passengers and crew were evacuated safely. After the incident, Dubai International Airport was closed for about six hours.
 
"Emirates cancelled 27 flights yesterday, and there were delays and rescheduled flights across the network," an Emirates spokesperson said.
 
"(In all) 23 flights were diverted to alternative airports -- Sharjah, Al Maktoum International (DWC), Fujairah, Al Ain, Muscat and Bahrain. In total, over 23,000 Emirates passengers were impacted by the disruption."
 
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