Let me make it clear to start with- This is not an exercise for placing blames, finding victims and culprits and bringing justice; this is only an observation into how irrationally we react as a society and how the reporting and journalism related to these cases is largely jingoistic and even with appearances of dubious intentions for questionable reasons.
“A speeding car hits a bike crossing on the wrong side of the road with 2 riders, one dies instantly, car collides with a tree, driver escapes with minor injuries and runs away from the scene only to present himself to the police 3 days later. The second occupant of the bike also died in the hospital”
That much is the piece of information in the whole incidence; but if you follow the regional newspapers and their coverage of the story online and in print edition so many different things add noise to this.
- Car was running at 150Km/h speed.
- What’s the source of this number? No one knows.
- The driver may have been drunk
- Possible. Also doubtful as no immediate sampled available.
- The car is a BMW, the father of the driver is a super rich doctor with connections with Ketan Desai, Dawood Ibrahim and all, The driver himself was involved in some fake-share scams earlier on, The driver and his father are both fond of fast cars, foreign trips and expensive lifestyle….
- What bearing does this have on this case? Is it a crime just to be rich? If the media knew of all these irregularities with this families in this intricate detail why were they not reporting on them independently earlier? All this can’t be product of new intelligence gained in just 3 days after this accident! The answer is: very likely the media always knew about all this, but just didn’t have the right amount of leverage to gain mileage or didn’t have blackmail potential before this. Now that the fish is on the hook, they are playing with it and reeling in as much as they can.
- Some neighbourhood organisations have organised a ‘Bandh’ for the area and have also started petitions to demand ‘toughest’ punishment for the car driver
- There are mobs out on streets asking for the driver to be hanged, there was even a lynch mob at the court to beat him up (which was reported in a bit of celebratory tone by most newspapers).
They said someone came in a car and drove the boy who was driving the car away from the spot. What was the area population that was quick on calling Bandh later at that time? Did anyone go to the spot and check on him? Did they stop him from running away?
Also, in places like India, what option does one have if not run away from there? Wouldn’t he be scared that he would’ve been killed by the lynch mob right there and then if he stayed; the same lynch mob that is collecting signatures asking for him to be hanged now?