The blame game goes back and forth between civic bodies such as Bangalore’s city traffic police and BBMP, BDA, and NHAI. Potholes, craters and badly paved stretches of road across the city continue to take lives while dangerous or careless driving is being blamed.
This was the case when Bangalore cops booked a young man for causing the death of his wife who was riding pillion on his bike. A case has been registered for ‘death by negligence’.
On Thursday evening, software engineer, Tripathi Pandey, 28, and his wife Stuti, 25, were out celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities. The couple who have been married for over two years, were on their way home after having dinner at a friend’s place. They were on their Honda Activa (KA-05-JH-1913), when the rider (husband) tried to circumvent a pothole on the Devarabeesanahalli flyover.
This caused the bike to skid while Stuti, riding pillion, was thrown off causing her severe head injuries. She died an hour later. Stuti was seated sideways and was wearing a sari and was not wearing a helmet while her husband was. She slammed her head to the ground and sustained serious head injuries while her husband received only minor bruises. Stuti was immediately shifted to Sakra World Hospital by passersby, but breathed her last about 10.27 pm.
Please wear helmet while riding a two wheeler.
Residents of Teacher’s Colony in Banashankari II stage and originally from Satna district in Madhya Pradesh, Tripathi worked as a software engineer at an IT company in Yemalur. Tripathi despite being the aggrieved party has to face charges of negligence despite the fact that the huge pothole on a public road was ignored by civic authorities.
A detailed report is being prepared by the police which will be submitted for scrutiny. It will only be based on this report that decisions will be taken whether to book the BDA engineer in charge for negligence or whether the hapless husband will have to bear the brunt of this accident that caused the death of his own wife.
As strange as this is, is the husband really to be blamed for the death of his wife? Why the civic authorities have shown a laid back attitude when it comes to providing us with pothole free roads?