The Guilt of the Innocent
“It’s a hit and run. The couple was just riding their motorcycle down the road when this car came and hit them. They are both now on the ground in extreme pain, and the car has fled.” When the police reached the scene of the accident, a crowd had gathered around two people. The man was sitting on the ground, while his wife lay just a short distance away writhing in pain.
Looking further ahead, the policeman saw the car parked just ahead on the side of the road…the driver was out of the car, surrounded by another crowd of people. That is when the police realized that it really as not a hit and run. After further discussions with the people and after inspecting the car, the situation became clear. The car was traveling on the “by-pass” (main road) which was built to avoid the busy traffic of the growing city. The motorcycle was traveling on a side road and ran into the car. After the front wheel of the motorcycle hit the driver’s door, it turned and slammed into the back door of the car sideways, tearing a hole into the door. The lady sitting on the back seat of the motorcycle was immediately thrown off and she landed on her back. She suffered a crack on her back bone, and was in extreme pain.
After the couple was taken to the hospital by the driver of the car, the driver was taken directly to the police station. After further discussions, a case was filed against the driver of the car and he was put under arrest. The reasons for filing the case was quite ambiguous. When the policeman was asked about this, his response was that the lady has a fracture and is hospitalized. Therefore, to him, it is only right to file a case against the driver of the car. This, he said, is justice according to his “conscience.” He said that he does not do anything that goes against his “conscience.”
Finally, the driver of the car was released after posting bail. His car was only released the following day after further inspection. After these events, I asked several people about the logic of such a decision. Most of the people simply said that this is the way it is here in Kerala.
How could it be? The innocent has become guilty. The driver of the car was clearly hit on the door by the motorcycle, but finally he was the one who needed to post bail and walk out into “freedom.”
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