Delhi Runs On Zero Patience Metre
Pandemonium reigns over Delhi. There is murder of traffic piling up just bumper to bumper every moment ticking by. Delhiites fly off the handle in no time and start fighting right in the middle of the road holding the whole traffic to ransom. It is a common sight in the city of Delhi. Dilli ko gussa kyun aata hai? The capital city is running crazily through the maddening rush to get nobody knows where. Short fused! Delhi shows a bizarre display of lack of empathy without fail. Patience is wearing thin; the ostentatious Delhiites exhibit zero tolerance with high headed attitude when it comes to revealing the colour of money. They fall out over chicken tikka, parantha (a B.Tech student was bludgeoned to death in Govindpuri, South-East Delhi) parking, toll tax, honking horns and the like. As a matter of fact, most Delhiites are awfully busy doing just nothing more than peeping into others’ bedrooms out of sheer voyeurism. They carry big names to drop when meeting sticky moments. Road rage has become a rage for Dilliwallahs particularly those living in the outskirts of the city and the NCRs. Windfall profits and short cut rich are more prominent in the list. The nouveau riche with ego-inflated heads and money-corrupted psyches flaunt the filthy show of wealth everywhere. They cannot digest these new coins scraped without even sweating for them, and most of them are unlettered and unschooled. Terribly frustrated they find ways to puke their ego-laced frustration everywhere, whether it be a street, road, restaurant, hotel or wedding, such eccentrics do not spare any chance to throw their weight around, their proclivity for attention. Another feature the city wears even before punch-ups is the lingo in common parlance which is utterly abusive then only they set themselves to go flying into a rage; they are not even one bit hesitant about hurling the best and refined usages of unparliamentary language and the vocab, even an Oxford Dictionary fails to give, but they use this tongue more formally and more brazenly.
Delhi treading walking a tight rope as cases of road rage have been hitting the headlines and grabbing page one of leading dailies. On the one hand, the laws dealing with the situation like this are vague, on the other hand, the police take the issue on an indifferent note rather with the intention of compiling the papers but the ground reality is that the list of such cases is standing really too tall.
“We do not have a record nor do we have any law checking road rage. If it leads to stabbing we will register a case under appropriate sections of IPC, if one causes the other a head injury we record 308 and when one gets killed then we register the case under section 302 IPC,” PRO of Delhi Police Rajan Bhagat clearly and more coherently expounds without a lackadaisical approach so that one should not get confused with IPC and CrPC while taking the law on the road into one’s own hands.
“Road rage cases are a syndrome as cases are mounting up day in and day out particularly on Delhi roads which are not at all safe whether it’s a male driver or female. Every second person is intoxicated with new money that breeds ego and this ego when not massaged is resulted in frustration that can clearly be seen not only on the road but also at parties, hotels, cafes and the like where there is a public gathering. This is a shallow human nature nudging attention,” says Dr Kalra, a psychiatrist.
Recently, a Mumbai-based couple was attacked by three youths in the Janakpuri area of West Delhi after the bike of one of the accused had a brush with the couple’s car. This challenged their false honour following which one of the accused whipped out a knife and stabbed him in the chest. The couple had come to Delhi for a festival and was with their relatives when this mishap occurred. Though the arrest was made in this case, such incidents of road rage have become a routine affair in the city of Delhi, often resulting in fatalities.
“Delhi will take a lot of time to be a cultured and civilised city. Delhiites are terribly crazy about everything. They spend time peeping into others’ stuff. The same frustration can well be seen on the road when they start a brawl in the street at whim and for no reason they bay for blood,” says Anmil Vijay, a radio jockey.
When it comes to transportation and mobility, public health is an issue which has not gotten nearly enough consideration as a key decision factor either when it comes to making decisions and implementing them. It is one of those topics that everybody talks about, but few do much about it once the blood has dried on the street on any given day.
“This crime should be handled with stringent laws. We have been very particular so far as drink driving is concerned. Few cases were recorded in the recent past. I would say Delhiites should not lose their patience too often and too soon, take it easy and kick the ego-laced attitude for a minute and learn to say sorry. This will do wonders. Honking horns, hijacking parking space and at times racing ahead of each other and not giving side to the other road user are mere small sparks leading to a big fire more often than not. Private vehicles have been on the rise that hog the road and add to woes. Everyone regardless of who is who, is in a tearing hurry, which is one of the factors resulting in rage on the road. Increasing more public transport to the capital roads will avoid such chaos. Any amendment in the Motor Vehicle Act like pushing the minimum and maximum penalty would have an immediate impact on the road users. The cases relating to drunken driving, over speeding, driving by a minor, triple or without helmet driving and without RC and license will give a tough time to habitual traffic violators,” suggests Satender Garg, Jt. Commissioner of Police, Traffic.
FACTS AND FIGURES
In New Delhi, 382 murders were committed in five years by people who let their anger explode for almost no reason. Delhi has provoked unusual introspection among the city’s 15 million inhabitants. According to the police statistics 78 people died last year in Delhi due to sudden provocation over trivial issues.
► A 21-year-old was stabbed to death after refusing to lend customers at his mobile phone shop a screwdriver.
► A man was beaten to death after upsetting his killer’s plate of takeaway chicken tikka when he opened his car door.
► Another was stabbed to death after scraping a car.
► A petrol pump attendant was run over and killed in a dispute over change.
► A 24-year-old deliveryman died after being assaulted by the owner of a car he accidentally scraped. It was a small scratch for this he lost his life.
► A 28-year-old employee of a private company, Tarun Gaur, was beaten to death for protesting against a biker brushing past him in the Shahdara area of northeast Delhi. According to the police, Tarun was returning to his home at New Ashok Nagar, after dinner at a friend’s house, accompanied by his friends, Navin, Ravindra and Amit. They had reportedly stopped at a local tea stall for a cup of tea and a cigarette. Around that time, hotel manager Anshu, who was on a bike, reportedly brushed past him though the road is 10 feet wide. It was then that eight to 10 men from the hotel came forward and beat up Tarun and his friends. One of the men with Anshu picked up a stone and hit him on the head. As Tarun fell on the road and later he succumbed to injuries.
► A 25-year-old biker was shot at by an SUV driver in outer Delhi after an argument over giving way ballooned into a full-fledged fight that tested his wrath he went to his vehicle and took out a gun pulled the trigger at him.
► Earlier this year, a restaurant manager Rajiv Jolly Wilson 41 was killed in the tony and busy Khan Market when a pilot with Jet Airways Vikas Aggarwal allegedly ran his car over him and dragged him few metres away for their vehicles collided. Aggarwal’s Ford Ikon car, in error nicked Wilson’s Hyundai I-10 from behind. He tried to drive away after Wilson stepped out of his car and allegedly slapped him twice. Initial investigations revealed that Wilson’`s leg got caught in the rear wheel of the accused’s car when the latter turned right to drive away. Wilson first hit his head on the sidewalk and then got crushed by Aggarwal’s car.
► In yet another incident a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councilor Balbir Tyagi and his brother Vikas Tyagi were beaten up by four youths in Vikas Kunj after the duo’s car had scraped past their Tata tempo.
► It’s an another case of road rage in Delhi like many others. It was Vasant Kunj where an elderly man just had a close shave while returning from his daughter’s engagement ceremony. Arun Kumar Pandey (49), a news correspondent was arrested. The car in which the family was travelling, accidently scraped against Pandey’s car on Church road. Malik and Pandey had a heated argument, and the latter took out his. 32-bore licensed pistol and fired in the air and then fired at him.
► Another incident came to light when an MCD councilor’s son received a gunshot wound following an altercation over parking space outside his house. Madhav wanted to park the car near our residence but already found an Indica car in the way. Madhav uncle’s son Jaiveer requested the car’s owners to move their vehicle. An argument followed and the car’s occupants slapped him it ensued further and resulted in shooting.
► Yet another gruesome incident in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar under PS Shakarpur in which a 32-year-old property dealer was stabbed multiple times by some unidentified youths. Though the police rule it out to be the case of road rage, on the contrary they say that it’s an attempt to scratch an old itch.
► Road rage cases do not stop here only, another case in Alipur near Singhu border reports where a cop and his father started bashing up another Delhi police constable. Started with honking horn this outraged the cop’s ego and challenged his patience, in the meanwhile they then initiated with formal abuses, then a heated argument ensued that took an ugly turn when one of them was beaten by the other with a blunt object.
“Delhi is the political capital and everyone claims to be connected with the corridors of power. They are in the know if they get caught while committing a crime they will escape unscathed by naming the upper echelons from the North Block or the PHQ. Road rage is a common feature due to certain factors. First, there is no stringent law keeping an eye on it. Second, people have no civic sense. They do not even know the basics of walking on the road. At the slightest provocation they in no time start and jump into fights. They are bent upon killing each other. People living in Delhi are more impatient than those living in other cities. Honking horn is their prerogative. Even for a cow, a dog or entering their own house they use horns to blow,” Pradeep Mahajan, President of All India Journalist Front, says.
On condition of anonymity, a police official said: “The law is not very clear about the nature and definition of a road rage incident. However, several IPC sections are used to lodge an FIR. While the most common one is that of hurt (Section 325), some cases pertain to Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and even 304 (A) (death due to rash and reckless driving), along with murder (302) and attempt to murder (307). Naturally, a hurt case is not as thoroughly investigated as that of an attempt to murder. In most incidents, it is the prerogative of the SHO and the IO to pursue the matter.”
“As no laws to check this menace, it’s gone up for some time and many fall prey to road rage. This happens too often; more importantly in the evening. When people return from their workplace they rush in a hurry with pressure from the boss building up and the dead line that frustrates them. They go overboard screaming foul. Abusing has become a piece of common parlance in Delhi. They should be educated in civic sense and should possess a common sense while being on the road,” Chhavi Aggarwal, a homemaker avers.
“The city capital runs on zero tolerance with false clout, ego is a common sight. Cases of road rage are climbing up day in day out due to lack of patience. At the slightest provocation Delhiites lose their cool, lock horns that result in fatalities. This can be curbed only when people want to discipline themselves. If they keep patience for a minute and learn to say sorry, this can help minimise road rage cases. Better late than never,” affirms Avneesh Chaudhary, a scribe.
However, even after such incidents have almost tripled in the past decade, the police still do not keep a separate account of such incidents. They do not know which one qualifies as road rage in the absence of a specific law. How can one ignore an elephant in the room? It seems an uphill task of connecting the dots.
“It’s a horrible syndrome, many walking on the road meet with an accident and die. Sometimes they are killed even for a trivial matter. Such lots are nonsensical creatures. They take the law into their own hands and cock a snook at the police. Laws are not harsh to grill such violators. They get nabbed and detained for a couple of hours and then they are sent home. This is rather shoddy and slippery at the end of the police too. Even the Delhi police cannot go beyond a certain format as the law is defined within,” avers Geeta Singh, a journalist with a news channel.
“Zero patience leads to the cases pertaining to road rage. They have an expensive car but unfortunately they cannot pronounce its name correctly. This culture is more prevalent in Delhi where people have acquired wealth in abundance as land compensation and through other unfair means but they remain pathetically deprived of the values of education. Such people are either from within the border lines of Delhi or the NCRs. They dress like a birthday boy, drink in their swanky cars and go zipping around the city with one clear intention of indulging in a brawl, molesting a girl out of frustration, hitting the one who is innocent and they know he alone cannot retaliate and fight back with the gang. They enter a pub or intrude a discotheque and indulge in fights for kicks and then they disappear in the wee hours. If they are ever caught they first start dropping big khaki names and start phoning someone or many ones in the ministry. Finally, they wriggle out of the mess bribing the IO with big lifafas or his superiors with bigger ones,” Amit Mishra, a psychologist associated with an NGO, reveals.
“I fell victim to such a road rage incident when one SUV hit me from behind and I sustained serious head injuries that landed me at hospital and I had to remain confined there for months. It so happened when I was returning from my office, one white Scorpio honked continuously but there was no space where I could swerve and let it go past. After a minute or two I stopped at the traffic signal then they drew closer and hurled abuse at me. Hardly had I pulled out onto the Ring Road when they began to follow me and finally hit me and fled. In Delhi, it’s become a common sight. Delhi is not meant for a cultured and civilised lot,” states Shakir Alam, a marketing manager with a Furnishing House.
“Delhi’s culture and lifestyle I hold the chief cause for cases like road rage. One thing I have noticed at close range is that when one is caught whosever the offender is, he puts you through to the higher officials right then and there only. Everyone in Delhi seems connected to the Parliament. People lack empathy in Delhi which they show off to any impossible limit for nothing. Well, this can be checked only when people start thinking of others,” opines KC Dwivedi, Additional Commissioner of Police, New Delhi.
“It’s like ‘bhala uski kameez meri kameez se safed kyun’. This is an attitude leading to tussles. People are prepared 24×7 to fight for one reason or another. It’s not only the road they puke their booze-laced ego, they create a scene anywhere when it comes to ‘I’. The newly rich are more ostentatious. More visibility of police personnel should be taken into account and placed in places where such accidents and incidents are likely to occur. Till date I have failed to understand why these horn-lovers honk so much I believe they suffer from diseases like piles and hemorrhoids,” Irfaan Sheikh, a TV Journalist.
“A speeding car closely brushed past one Moin, a resident of Laxmi Nagar, he hurled abuses at the driver. One of the assailants stepped out of the car and slapped him. Moin hit him back, causing others to retaliate. Meanwhile, other assailants—four or five in number—arrived the scene in another car and thrashed him. After thrashing him badly, they stabbed him several times and fled the spot. The incident happened near the Community Centre, Ramesh Park in Shakarpur. A case has been registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder), of the IPC,” informed Ravinder Kumar, SHO, Shakarpur.
By Syed Wazid Ali