In India, if there is an accident, I have seen people rush to the spot – to help. But, there are more people who do not rush to help, they rush to see what’s happening.
These bystanders do not intervene even when intervention is required during accidents or when crime is being committed in front of them; for example, taking an injured victim to the hospital, giving first aid, or calling the police. Even more unfortunate is the fact that most of these bystanders are educated and otherwise-good people who do not act when action is required. Today’s link is about that – how to get people to act. Fortunately, there are bystander training programs or ways in which even a shy bystander can do something about the situation. The article first analyses the reasons behind the passivity and then talks about what works. There are ways in which we can help – without training as well.