Death over pub­lic uri­na­tion shames en­raged Del­hi­ites

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja

Beaten to death. Why? For stop­ping young­sters from uri­nat­ing on the road­side, near GTB Na­gar Metro Sta­tion in North Delhi. Was the 32-year-old e-rick­shaw driver, Ravinder, at fault for sup­port­ing the call for Swachh Bharat?

Del­hi­ites feel sad and say no. But as­sert that it’s not easy in a city like Delhi. “I once tried to stop a rick­shaw wala, who looked drunk, from uri­nat­ing in pub­lic, in the same GTB Metro Sta­tion area. But, it turned out to be em­bar­rass­ing for me. I told him ‘What are you do­ing?’ and had so many peo­ple stare as if I, be­ing a girl and point­ing out a man peeing on the road, was the cul­prit,” re­calls Kumkum, a 26-year-old stu­dent of Korean lan­guage in Delhi Univer­sity’s North Cam­pus.

Some call the in­ci­dent of rage that took the 32-year-old’s man’s life, a show of ag­gres­sion. “Del­hi­ites have be­come un­con­trol­lable rag­ing bulls who’ll stop at noth­ing. And that feel­ing has come in be­cause the ad­min­is­tra­tion has let it,” says Pra­teek De­wan, a 28-year-old soft­ware en­gi­neer.

The con­cern is shared by oth­ers who feel that the cul­prit is at­ti­tude of pin­ning down those who are from a lower eco­nomic strata. “Del­hi­i­ites have this at­ti­tude ‘tu janta nahi mera baap kaun hai?’ Plus we treat poor peo­ple like an­i­mals... and when a poor (in this case the rik­shawala) guides some­one who is bet­ter off (in this case the young guys), it hurts their ego and they end up do­ing such crimes,” says Neha Das, a 28-year-old con­tent writer.

‘DEL­HI­ITES HAVE BE­COME UN­CON­TROL­LABLE RAG­ING BULLS WHO WILL STOP AT NOTH­ING’ SAY OUR READ­ERS, AT THE MUR­DER OF A RICKSHAWPULLER WHO STOPPED A MAN FROM PEEING ON THE ROAD

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

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