GUANGZHOU, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese media and Internet users
on Monday decried a lack of morals in society after a toddler was
struck twice -- by two different vans -- and left bleeding on the
road as more than a dozen bystanders did nothing to help the
seriously injured girl.
The incident, captured by a surveillance camera and aired by
Southern Television Guangdong (TVS), showed the two-year-old girl
was knocked down and run over by a white van on a narrow market
street on the afternoon of Oct. 13, in Foshan City of Guangdong
The driver fled the scene of the accident, leaving the girl
bleeding on the sidewalk. Over the next six minutes, more than a
dozen people walked by the girl, yet not one individual did
anything to help her. The girl was then hit a second time by
another van before an elderly trash collector came to her aid and
brought the attention of the girl's mother, according to the video
Doctors said the girl, who is on life support, remains in a deep
coma. The girl's parents, who are migrants living in the city, are
now with her.
Police said the drivers of both vehicles have been arrested.
However, the apathy of the bystanders shown in the video has
shocked the public, as Internet forums have seethed with anger, and
people are questioning the morality of society.
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.
Some have linked the absence of good Samaritans to a previous
case in which a man trying to help an elderly woman who fell was
accused of harming her.
A strong chorus of opinion on the Internet says laws should
exempt Samaritans from liability, yet laws themselves cannot solve
society's morality dilemma.
Cao Lin, a China Youth Daily commentator, said in a signed
article published on Monday that the worry of liability should not
be an excuse for not helping, and this case exposes the decline of
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