The woman in the screenshot above has just jumped off a bridge onto a busy Chinese highway. In the video from which this screeshot was taken, it is clear the woman is still alive as she lies sprawled in the middle of the busy road. The video shows that not a single car stopped to help her for over a minute.
Three weeks after a similar story involving a little girl named Yue Yue
sparked outrage around the world, this latest tragedy has reignited the debate in China on the so-called ‘moral failings’ of Chinese society.
The scene was filmed by the passenger of a car on a highway that circles the city of Chengdu, in the Sichuan province. It was posted online on November 2. In the video, you can hear another passenger calling emergency services for help. Around them, vehicles slow down, swerve to avoid the woman, but keep on going. The video was posted on the online forum Chengdu QQ
and has generated over 73 pages of comments.
Last month, a little girl called Yue Yue was hit by a van and ignored by 18 passersby in the Chinese city of Foshan. Her story made national and international headlines. This type of incident has happened in China before
, but also in other countries.
In some countries, such as France, there are laws that punish those who fail to assist a person in danger, but not in China; many there are now calling for such laws. For our Observers in China, the country is currently going through a “moral crisis.”