I dont have a clue who he was but I think he have been six or seven years old.....
One of the millions born and bred on the roads of India. We would not have noticed him had he not sitting in the middle of the road, scribbling in the dirt. After all it is such an inconvenience to see a six year old sitting in your way and imagine irritating it is to brake suddenly and swerve. Braking and swerving I am told, increases petrol consumption and with crude at over $140, the boy deserved the irritated and angry glances he was getting.
Why adoes a child of six have to sit in the middle of the road and scribble in the dirt oblivious of the heavy traffic around him? It it not an indicator of disturbed behaviour? Dont you think that such disturbed behaviour, such deviations at that age would have resulted from immensely traumatic experiences? Do you think he is victim of abuse, maybe a witness to daily episodes of drunken orgies of domestic violence? Dont you think his silence was screaming out for help?
Dont you think I should have stopped and tried to help?
Of course, what could I have done to help......... In retrospect, I think even taking him to a safer location would have been enough.I am sure there are many others who wanted to help but for some reason, they could not stop and help. Just like me.What does it say about us, our people, our society? What does it say about India as a country? When did we become so insensitive?
Why dont educated people in India who can and should make a difference not care anymore?
I want all of you to reflect and look for answers.......... your own answers.
I shall post my views later.