I read a bizarre story the other day. Two women (and a baby) took decided they wanted to ‘see’ the Bandra-Worli Sealink, and hopped into a cab that would take them to the other end and back. Midway through the ride, when the cab driver informed them that they would have to pay toll to travel up and down the bridge, they decided to get off and walk back home.
Not only was their decision fundamentally unfair to the driver, who would not only have to burn fuel to get to the other end, but also be liable to pay the toll charges, it was illegal and stupid. Pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge, and it is absolutely unsafe to attempt to walk on a bridge where the incoming traffic is not expecting you.
Sure enough, the inevitable happened. One of the ladies got hit by a car and was knocked unconscious. The driver, instead of speeding away as he could, was decent enough to take the lady to a hospital.
And now comes the absolutely bizarre part. The police registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver, and also booked him for causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others.
Were speed guns consulted to determine if he was driving over speed limit? No.
Did they hear the statement of the lady who was not hit- “On seeing the speeding car I moved away with the baby but (she) wasn't as quick. She was hit and became unconscious.”- apparently not.
The ladies knew they had no business being on the bridge- they should have been more careful and kept a watch for incoming cars. The driver was coasting along on what he was sure was going to be a lane free of any obstructions- he could not be expected to anticipate the pedestrians who did not get out of his way.
And yet, the driver got booked, for practically no fault of his. And the lady who broke the law and was stupid got away with just a concussion and a few broken bones.
Why? Because the driver of the car is richer than the lady, and can afford to bribe the police into letting him go. And because the lady is a pedestrian, and no laws regulate the behaviour of pedestrians.
Didn’t I say it was bizarre?
And is it any wonder I refuse to drive in this city?