The state government has decided to allow witnesses and those who help accident victims to make their statements to the police through any audio-visual medium. The move is aimed at reducing the hassles a witness or a helper otherwise faces,in terms of repeated visits to police stations and courts.
As per the 2009 amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act,1976,the statement of a witness can be recorded through any audio-visual device. However,in case of accidents,the statements are not recorded in this way,thereby forcing witnesses and those who have helped the injured to come to the police station and the court time and again, a Government Resolution (GR) states.
The resolution further states that due to this reason,several people do not help accident victims or come forward as witnesses.
The first hour after an accident is called the Golden hour. If treatment is given during this hour,several lives can be saved. In view of this,to avoid unnecessary trouble to witnesses and helpers so that they do not have to unnecessarily visit courts and police stations,it is being ordained that henceforth their statements can be taken through an audio-visual system, the resolution says.
Through this order,witnesses can now either depose through video-conference or through a phone.
India has the highest number of road accident deaths in the world with 1.35 lakh cases registered in 2012. According to organisations like the Save Life Foundation,on an average,15 people die and 60 are seriously injured every hour in road accidents in India.
The organisation claims that 80 per cent of the road accident victims in India do not receive any emergency medical care within the golden hour.