In a shocking incident that occurred recently, a railway staffer was brutally assaulted by two passengers resulting in the victim being paralyzed. Sushanta Behera, a workman-3 grade employee was on duty in the Sealdah Rajdhani Express. While he was bringing ice-cream from the pantry after serving dinner, the carton accidentally brushed against the accused.
The accused Md Zaid thrashed Behera until he lost consciousness. The co-passengers informed the onboard security personnel. The accused Md Zaid along with his uncle M Quraishi tried to pass the incident as a minor scuffle. However, they were handed to the RPF and later to the GRP.
The victim was rushed to the railway hospital in Gaya and later shifted to the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkatta. The doctors at the Apollo hospital said that the victim had suffered major brain and spine injuries leading to a paralyzed left side. Such extreme violence for such a minor reason led to a person becoming paralyzed. However, this incident exposed the biased media lobby and the apathy of the Indian people.
The Double-Standards Of Biased Media And Liberals
A similar incident occurred last year when a scuffle broke out over seats on a suburban train leading to the death of a 16-years-old youth, Junaid Khan. While there are no second thoughts on the fact that those responsible for the brutal crime should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, the manner in which media twisted the story is worth noticing. Soon after the incident, a beef angle was inserted into the story to pass it a lynching incident.
On the other hand, the recent incident did not receive a similar major coverage. The liberals who are always up in arms to protect the rights of the lesser privileged were nowhere to be seen after the incident. The politicians such as Rahul Gandhi who are among the first to meet victims of such unfortunate incidents have not done so in this case. Why no outrage over this incident?
Apathy of Citizens
The incident makes us think where we are going as a society. It is baffling to understand that while the hapless victim was being brutally assaulted, why no other passenger intervened. All it would have taken was a few people to come forward and ask those involved to solve it amicably rather than taking the law into their own hands. Timely intervention would have definitely saved the poor victim.
The UBR View: We believe that such incidents hint that we are failing as a society. When a railway staffer who is doing his job is beaten nearly to death because an ice-cream carton brushed against someone, it is time for us to introspect and the government to make laws more stringent so that such incidents are minimised for the fear of the law. Loss of life or even quality of life due to such incidents should never happen. As a citizen, it is our responsibility to intervene and help our fellow humans irrespective of their caste or religion.