…Jaan hai to jahan hai
by Deepak Kulkarni
AVOIDING ROAD ACCIDENTS– Role of students and parents.
It was unfortunate to witness the death of a budding engineer girl in Belgaum in a freak road accident on 21st Sept.2015. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved family of Darshini Chougule. I was so upset yesterday because just a week back my daughter had met with an accident which I have shared at the end of this article. I am writing this article with experience and observation. I have cases which I have seen and now I thought I should pen them down. It is time for Students, parents and teachers to introspection. Instead of accusing and blaming, it is time for all of us to take a note of how we could avoid these freak accidents.
ROLE OF PARENTS:
1. Try to avoid providing a vehicle to the children. Check if there is another way of commuting. If bus facility is not possible,a group of students can hire a contract rickshaw.
2. Parents should not force their children to have breakfast or milk at the last moment when they are rushing to the class in the morning. Little do they understand that their love and affection can culminate to the child pleasing the parent by accepting to have breakfast and then make up for the loss of time by driving fast and reach to the college.This puts the student to great risks.
Instead, pack the tiffin and give it to the child.
3. Educate you child to let you know where they are going and with whom? Many times, the driver escapes but the pillion rider meets the death fate.
4. Insist the children to wear a helmet. It is seen that the girls are using a scarf to cover their face and maintain their hairstyle. Will it protect you from getting injured – God forbid- if you had to slip and fall on your head? A scar on the face will remain life long- right? It is better to wear a helmet. ” there is a hindi verse ” JAAN HAI TO JAHAAN HAI“.
ROLE OF STUDENTS:
1. Do not board a vehicle of friends known for insane driving. You could be a victim of the rider’s mistake.
2. Avoid talking to each other when you are riding a two wheeler. This distracts the rider and also the pillion rider in an attempt to be audible leans toward one side of the vehicle causing imbalance.
3. Avoid using a earphone when riding. Why listen to songs when you are riding? Will you be able to hear the truck behind you honking? Do not take calls when you are driving. I have seen a student talking on the cell phone with the cell phone being supported between the ear and his shoulder. The cell phone was about to slip and he tried to hold it with the left hand, loosing balance and hitting the road divider near second gate and getting seriously injured.
4. Wear clothes that do not dangle. Many times I and my wife chase two wheelers to tell the lady sitting behind that her Dupaata is likely to get stuck in the rear wheel. I have seen an accident near State Bank of India a decade back where a girls duppaata got stuck in the motorbike rear wheel and she was strangled to death after a fall and drag.
5. Leave home/PG/Hostel early. Keep an alarm on your cell phones. This is the time you should be getting out of the house….. at any cot- even if you have not had your breakfast or your bath. This sounds.. eeeee!!. But friends, hurry at home also can cause accidents. Slipping in the bathroom, slipping on the vitrified floor, fall on the staircase…. Well, I have seen a girl falling down on the scooter when trying to remove the stand of the scooter: Reason- Hurry!!!. She has a twisted nose today… which is irreparable.
6. Young students should be more patient, matured and understand that it is their life. You will be SUCCESSFUL if you are ALIVE. This is the naked truth!!!!! Youngsters get together to give memorandum to the DC and blame the Police. How many of us catch hold of a rowdy rider and take him to task? How many of us stop students who are riding triple seat? How many parents have scolded their children when their friends drop their son/daughter home and they know that they have come triple seat? How many of you follow the law of having a driving licence? How many riders ride a bike in intoxicated state? How many youngsters stop a mad guy from doing wheeley on public roads?
Friends, today it was Darshini…. Tomorrow it could be you, your sister, your mother, you father……? Think? I do not mean to hurt anybody. I was compelled to write this because of a very personal reason. I would like to share it with you all. On Monday, 14th of Sept. I just opened my tiffin box in my office to have my lunch at 2.20pm when my cell rang. I picked it up and a girl asked me if I am Kulkarni. I said yes. She went on to say-” Uncle, your daughter has met with an accident in camp. She is unconscious and is below a truck. I got the number from her college I- card”. My heart stopped beating for a moment.I asked the location. Immediately I called a friend of mine, Papu Mirajkar. He rushed to the spot, took her out, and picked her up and took her home. There were people around who were busy getting a mobile picture and taking video. Papu was annoyed that none had the courage to get her out. I drove to the spot. And God’s grace, she had only a broken tooth, a fractured foot and some bruises. I have learnt my lesson. She has learnt hers. I want all parents and students to understand…….. ” JAAN HAI TO JAHAAN HAI” To make Belgaum a safe place for everybody to drive, we need to form a group…. to educate people, teach a lesson to rash drivers/riders and help the administration. Please give your views and let us all do something about it.