Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Helping Hands at the Golden Hour

My post in the month of February titled 'யாருக்காக ' was based on a true story narrated to me by a friend. The inspector's in that story was no fictitious character and I came across this article in TOI of 29th July 2015 about a good Samaritan cop who chose to go beyond the call of duty for larger good. May his tribe increase!


Jul 29 2015 : The Times of India (Pune)
WINDS OF CHANGE - Golden hour help: Traffic cop dons director's cap to make 15-minute film for larger good

It was on his birthday that Sagar, a resident of Kothrud, met with an accident that left him bleeding on the road with severe head injuries. The accident could have taken a fatal turn, had it not been for a good samaritan, an aged passer-by , who rushed him to a hospital for medical treatment within the `golden hour'.This is the premise of `Helping Hands', a 15-minute film made by Mahesh Kumar Sartape, assistant police inspector with Warje traffic police, to spread awareness about the importance of tak ing accident victims to the nearest hospital within the first 60 minutes, or the `golden hour' to give them a better chance at survival and recovery . Bystanders and passersby , who cannot assist physically , can help by immediately informing the police (100) or the emergency medical service (108), Sartape says through the film.
The film, shot in Marathi over three days at multiple locations around the city , features five professional actors and even the traffic cop in a short role. Sartape has also written the story , screenplay and the voice-over narration, besides directing the film which is inspired by his own experiences in dealing with road accident victims and apathy of the passers-by and bystanders.
Sartape now plans to reach out to the citizens by screening the film in educational institutes and during the Ganapati festival. “The past one year, I have been deputed on the highway and have dealt with a lot of accident cases,“ says Sartape.“In most cases, we were not able to help the victims as the news reached us late. These victims could have been saved if they had gotten im mediate medical care. What's more disturbing was the in sensitivity of the bystanders who instead of taking the vic im to the hospital, chose to ust stand and watch, or worse, click photographs to upload on social networking sites. I would be happy even i one accident victim is saved because of this film,“ he says Sartape cited a Supreme Court order about the role o doctors in treating acciden victim, saying that every ac cident victim has a right to imely medical care.
Sartape is happy abou he response the film has gar nered so far. “We recently screened the film at a girls educational institute and al most every viewer was cry ng at the end of the screen ng. The actors in the film too did not take money as they connected with the socia message. I would be happy i t can be screened at Ganapat pandals this year,“ he says.
Sarang Awad, deputy commissioner of police (traf ic) says, “It is a fantastic film with a lovely message. It's un ortunate that people don' come forward to help acci dent victims. The golden hour can actually save lives and as has been shown in the ilm, the victim may be your own near or dear one.“


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