Road accidents cause loss of lives of around 1.5 lakh people annually in India. Of them 65% fatalities are that of youth. These grim statistics were shared on Tuesday at the ‘UN World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR)’ organized at Ravindra Manch in Jaipur. The ‘Remembrance’ event was organized by a Jaipur-based foundation for Road safety, Muskaan. The partner school was SV Public School.
The event was marked thematic performances. Among them were two choir songs rendered by as many as 400 school children from 25 schools. The event began (Shradhanjali) and ended (Road Safety) with these songs. Other performances included Road Safety Angel (Tagore International School), Skit (Taabar NGO), Creative Message (Kinkini Dance Academy and SV Public School) and Play (SV Public School). A special feature today were two interactive sessions: Mr. Rakesh Jain (donor parent) and Ms. Prerna Sahani (senior journalist), while the other was that of Dr. VD Sinha (neurosurgeon) and Mr. Amit Sharma (senior journalist). Mr. Jain gave a heart-rending account of how he lost his 21 year old son ‘Manan’ last year in a road accident. While he was brain-dead the parents decided to donate his organs. Dr. Sinha outlined the importance of usages of helmets and following the road safety rules. He emphasized that a road accident victim should never be left on the road and should be taken to the nearest hospital with the help of 108 ambulance.
The audience was taken aback by surprise when a student of Shri Agrasen School came on the stage unscheduled and confessed that he is an underage mobike rider. He met with an accident two days ago – and after witnessing the programme today he has vowed to never break traffic rules amidst big applause.
The well known lawyer and philanthropist, Mr. Sudhanshu Kasliwal was the Chief Guest. He appreciated the programme and strongly emphasized that lives lost owing to traffic accidents can be saved by following basic rules.