Netizens recently engaged in an online debate about the appropriateness of taking photos following major accidents after a large crowd of passersby stopped to take photos of the gruesome outcome of a fatal collision in Jiangsu province.
According to the viral post, at around 7 a.m on 24 September, a mother and her son were pinned under a lorry after it abruptly turned right at an intersection and collided with their scooter.
The boy was crushed and died instantly. Afterwards a large group of people surrounded the tragic scene and began taking photos, prompting the author of the post to ask: “How has people’s curiosity become like this?”
People Daily reports that the mother was pronounced dead shortly after reaching the hospital. The mother was around 40 and worked as a nurse. Her son was 10-years-old and attended a local primary school.
Some netizens commented that taking photos of the scene was necessary in order to fulfill their inquisitiveness, which indeed is a disturbing phenomenon. Others believed that society has just got used to taking photos of everything that occurs and that this doesn’t mean people have evil intent.
“I won’t do things like that. I’ll tell my family and my child that we should respect others and respect the deaths when it comes to case like that”, wrote one web user.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via China Daily]