mid-day editorial: Let's make helping people viral

Once again, social media saved the day after two Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Muzaffarpur, Bihar were booked for assaulting a fellow classmate in a suspected case of ragging, thanks to a video of the assault that went viral and prompted authorities to take action. But one cannot help that if there were people there to record a video of the incident, why didn’t they step in and help the victim?

Reports stated that the accused can be seen punching and slapping the victim, in the presence of other students. The video shows the duo relentlessly assaulting the victim and dragging him back to the classroom when he tried to escape.

One must acknowledge that these videos are a huge help when it comes to making a case against the accused. Yet, many times, we see that the real intent of taking videos is not to expose the wrongdoers but to upload them for voyeuristic pleasure.

In this particular case, one cannot help but wonder that if there were other students watching this brutal beating, why didn’t all of them rally around the victim to save him from the blows, instead of standing by to watch and take a video?

Not just in India, but overseas too, teenagers have actually videotaped sexual assaults to upload it later on social media, with the sickening aim to titillate or simply to see it go viral, as it inevitably does.

Perhaps its time for society to introspect a little to understand why our youngsters don’t do more to combat such wrongdoing, instead of passively recording videos.

Making a video is not the first thing that should come to mind when one is witness to a wrong. If you are in a group, take advantage of that and try to help the victim, or at least gather help for him or her. That is the sentiment that should go viral.

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