When Colonel Ritwik Kumar (name changed) picked up a road accident victim and put him in his car, little did he know that his journey wouldn’t end at the hospital. The Good Samaritan in him had rushed the critically injured young man to the nearest hospital in the cantonment area of Delhi. Four years later, in 2012, Kumar received a summons to appear before a district court in Delhi. Posted to Manipur now, he makes visits to the capital whenever the case comes up for hearing.
“Kumar is an example of how Good Samaritans get harassed by our legal system,” says Piyush Tewari, founder and president of the Save Life Foundation, a Delhi-based nongovernment organization working on community-driven emergency medical response. “It’s time we had a Good Samaritan law to protect people from such hassles,” he adds.