(Credit: Chinasmack.com via Youku)The video from Foshan City of Guangdong Province in China is unequivocal: A two-year-old is seen lying in a pool of blood on a market street having just been hit by a truck, which sped away after slowly running over her with its back wheels too, after which more than a dozen people walk around the toddler, non offering help.
The child, named Yueyue, survived the accident, after a 56-year-old rag collector finally came to her rescue and dragged her out of the road, but not before a second truck hit the girl, according to China Daily. She is now, however, in rough shape - "brain dead," doctors say - and is unlikely to survive.
By itself, the video (WARNING: Graphic violence) has sparked worldwide news reports, and within China it has led to a serious discussion about public values.
The state-run news agency, Xinhua, writes: "High moral standards were once triumphed as national pride in China where individuals known for selflessly helping others were adored by the public. But in recent years, the perception of a decline of morals has become a hot topic as profit and materialism are perceived to be affecting society's values. On Sept. 2, an 88-year-old man in central China collapsed, his face striking the pavement. Yet, no one came to his aid, and he ended up choking to death on the blood from his nose."
According to many internet commentators, the relatively new tendency in China to ignore those in desperate need can be blamed on the "Nanjing judge."
Chinese news aggregator Chinasmack.com writes that phrase refers to "the 2006 case of a man named Peng Yu who helped a woman to the hospital after she had fallen only to have the old woman accuse him of knocking her down. The Nanjing judge in that case ultimately ruled that common sense dictated that only the person who hit her would take her to the hospital."
Several reports claim police have apprehended both drivers that ran over the girl and fled the scene. However, public anger seems to be mostly directed at the many who did nothing when helping was the only right moral call.
REPORTING FROM BEIJING – A two-year-old girl who was the victim of a hit and run has captured the attention of China and caused many to wonder why it took so long for her to be helped.
More than a dozen pedestrians and motorists passed by as Wang Yue lay writhing in pain after she was hit last week by a van in a wholesale market in the southern city of Foshan, in Guangdong province.
Video footage from a closed circuit camera was posed on YouTube and Youku, a Chinese video sharing site.
As Wang lay in the street after the first collision, another van ran over her although it appears the driver didn’t notice. More bystanders walked by, including one woman with a small girl, who walked briskly away after she realized there was a bloody child on the ground.
A 57-year-old trash collector eventually moved Wang to safety. The trash collector pleaded with passers-by to no avail until the girl’s mother arrived and called an ambulance
Wang is currently in the ICU despite earlier reports that she had died.
The Chinese media has erupted in outrage over Wang’s plight and the fact that it took so long for someone to help her.
The official People’s Daily on Tuesday attacked the passers-by and lauded the trash collector in an editorial entitled, “We could all be the pedestrians that walk passed the injured girl.”
The Chinese public has also had to do some soul-searching over the event.
“The indifference from one or two people may be acceptable. But 18 people? Doesn't this say something about the local culture?” said Li Hongbo on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging service. “I am extremely disappointed by the moral standards in China."
“Stop the Indifference” was the top trending topic on Weibo the day after the incident was reported.
Many see the country’s constant obsession with economic prosperity as the main reason for eroding moral standards.
“China as nation has lost its passion and is beyond hope. It's a nation that can sell its soul for money,” said user Haowu Yiyi on Weibo.
Various government agencies in Foshan gave about $4,000 to the trash collector that helped Wang. She has said she will be giving the money to the family of the injured girl, according to local media reports.
The driver of both vans that struck Wang have been apprehended by police, according to the Guangzhou Daily.
China has no Good Samaritan-style law and many in China avoid helping strangers in need for fear they will be blamed for the accident.
Last week, a bus driver who helped an elderly woman who fell ill on the bus collected the contact details of four eyewitnesses in the event he was accused of harming the woman.
In the past week it was reported that a tourist from the U.S. jumped into West Lake in Hangzhou to save a suicidal woman. Many are questioning why none of the Chinese bystanders did anything to help. The case has elicited a similar torrent of outrage
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