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Delhi gang-rape prime witnesses' interview reveals our callous mindset
The gruesome details emerging from the interview of Delhi brave heart's friend to Zee News have highlighted the apathy of the police and the public, and pointed towards a pressing need for introspection.

AFTER LISTENING to the person on our TV sets, I am sure everybody must have questioned himself/herself as to what they would have done had they faced the victims of the horrific assault that night. Had they stopped by or like many others slowed down their cars, took a look and sped away?

The victim’s friend, while revealing the gory details, alleged that for 20- 25 minutes they were standing on the side of the road, naked, bleeding and no one stepped up to help them. When police finally turned up they were arguing among themselves, deciding on the jurisdiction of the case.

The friend stated: “Get us an ambulance, give us clothes to wear. About 20 onlookers stood there and were watching us. Finally someone tore off a bed-cover and gave it to me to cover her.” He also said that the police did nothing to help the girl or him. “I picked her up and put her inside the jeep. Maybe the police did not want to soil their hands with all the blood,” he added.

For two hours they did not receive any medical attention. After reaching the hospital as well, they were not attended to. The degree of insensitivity in a place like hospital was appalling as he said that he asked people for help but no one gave him anything to actually cover himself up. He sat in the government hospital floor, victimized, shivering and pleading for help.

When asked as to how change can come about in the society, the brave heart’s friend said that people must change their mindset. People fear that if they help someone, then they would be asked to appear in courts as witnesses and it would ‘unnecessarily’ cause them inconvenience.

He also said that the police took them to Safdarjung hospital (a government hospital), which was far away instead of a nearby hospital. Thus more than once, he commented that people should change their mindset and police should be sensitive to the victim's needs.

Replying to these allegations, the Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Vivek Gogia said that it took the police 16 minutes to respond. The fact that a criminal case was registered against the channel for airing the interview also points to the fact that policemen don’t not feel the plight of the public, and they have become insensitive to anything or anyone. Moreover, we the public, who love watching a street fight should bring about a change in our mindset and help our countrymen for the simple sake of humanity.

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