Social Awareness Propagation.

Do you ever wonder why in our country people tend to hesitate to help others after car accidents or in other emergency situations? An absence of appropriate laws can explain this question and a myriad of other morally degrading positions of our society. While it is true that laws do not dictate morality, they do tend to shape it. In Pakistan, nearly 2.6 percent of deaths are caused by post-accident neglect. Our rescue response is inefficient, but another layer that factors into this tragedy is the hesitancy of bystanders to get involved. This likely results from the fact that Pakistan does not have anything akin to Good Samaritan Laws which aim to protect well-intentioned citizens from liability in failed rescue attempts. The Punjab Emergency Services Act 2006 comes close to being something similar; however, it only relieves rescue workers from liability. Hence, the problem persists; the layman refuses to help in fear of being held accountable if the rescue effort is unsuccessful. However, the lack of such laws in Pakistan takes into consideration the fact that often untrained help can be deathly, as, unlike rescue workers, the common person does not know what immediate response will be the best. But in a country like ours, where rescue services lack the resources to make it to emergencies in time, this consideration is perhaps not the most helpful in the long run. So as we progress, we can hope to one day have laws in Pakistan that make it easier for people to do the right thing.

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