China wonders if, in the rush of life, it has lost its soul A two-year-old girl in southern China, who has been declared âbrain-deadâ after being run over â twice â and lay bleeding on the roadside while pedestrians and motorists pointedly ignored her, is holding up a mirror to Chinese society â and forcing them to reflect on some troubling, fundamental questions. The girl, Wang Yue, had strayed onto a street in Foshan in southern China last week when she was knocked down by a slow-moving minivan. The scene immediately afterwards, caught on surveillance-camera footage, is shocking in the extreme. It shows the driver stop the vehicle after the front right wheel runs over her: but after assessing the damage, he drives away, this time running the hind wheel over her â deliberately. As the girl lay bleeding on the street, no one offers her any assistance. Nearly 20 passersby and motorists pointedly ignore her: in one instance, a woman walking by with a child crosses the street to avoid the limp frame lying by the side. The minivan driver who knocked Wang down, and then ran over her deliberately, has since surrendered to the police, but offered a curious explanation for his action. He said he had been talking on his mobile phone when he hit the girl, but decided to run her over because it would have cost him less to pay off a dead girlâs parents than to pay for her hospital expenses. âIf she had died, I would have been required to pay only about 20,000 yuan (about Rs 1.5 lakh) in compensation, but if she were injured, it would cost me hundreds of thousands of yuan in hospital expenses,â he said. ---------------- Well played sir, well played. Another tidbit: Toddler's survival unlikely The case provoked much public anger. With many netizens condemning the cold-bloodiness of the passers-by and blaming their behavior on previous high-profile court cases. In June, Xu Yunhe was ordered by a court in Tianjin to pay an elderly woman he had helped more than 100,000 yuan. In the guidelines on how to help elderly people who have fallen down, issued by the Ministry of Health in September, the public are advised: "Don't rush to lend a hand to the elderly after seeing them fall over. It should be handled by different measures in different situations." The guidelines suggest evaluating the person's physical condition, determining the cause of the accident, and making a plan for rescue workers before lending a hand. The ministry said the guidelines have nothing to do with morality and ethics but explain how to deliver assistance in a scientifically proper way. ----------------- Kind of like america, if you help, remember, you can be sued!