(Gurgaon) Gurugram: In a major incident in national capital region that indicates how ‘cultural differences’ may prove fatal, a foreigner was severely beaten up in India by a mob of office-goers, for trying to follow traffic rules in India, something almost non-existent in practice.
Patrick Johnson (name changed to hide his identity), who’s in critical condition and is hospitalized in AIIMS, was beaten up near Bata Chowk for stopping his car at red signal before a pedestrians crossing. The GuruGameens (new name for Gurgaoites) first requested him politely (by continuous honking) to move his vehicle ahead, only to find their request falling on deaf ears.
“This Angrej guy was insane. Having spent almost one and a half hour already in traffic jams at different potholed roads, I was trying to make it to my morning office meeting, but this Angrez spoilt all that. When we couldn’t take it more, we decided to give him the taste of his own medicine,” said Dhakad Chautala, who was involved in the brutal attack.
Police sources told Teekhi Mirchi that the foreigner involved in the incident was a repeat offender. Only last week, he had bumped into another car coming from ‘wrong-side’. Patrick even ignored when the wrong-side drivers stared at him with daring look, a unique signal used by traffic offenders in India to convey to their traffic-rule-follower-counterparts that- ‘I’m not wrong…you’re wrong!’
Driving ‘wrong-side’ is a usual practice in India, and people casually use the popular term- ‘wrong-side’ with honour, unaware of the fact that it contains the word- ‘wrong’, meaning something they should not be doing.
“We’ll soon start a traffic-education program for foreigners in the millennium city, apprising them of the cultural differences between India and the rest of the world, so that incidents like these don’t occur,” informed Gurgaon SSP to Teekhi Mirchi.