Thanks, Uma, for airing several troubling questions from the Gateway murder.
I was in Pune when I heard the news, and over the next three days, I’ve seen photographs of it in every paper. I can't help wondering, who took all these photographs? I doubt there was a fortuitous gathering of press photographers at the Gateway that evening. So who took the shots?
Obviously, various ordinary people who were there. The Gateway does have a mess of photographers hanging around, so some of them must have swung into action. But there must have also been enough people who whipped out their cellphone cameras and swung into action too. (Reminds me of the time an onloooker took a cellphone photo of a tsunami-destroyed life, and had a small horde gather round to peer at his digital trophy).
And you wonder, as people have wondered for forty years since Kitty Genovese died, why didn’t anyone at the Gateway swing into action to help? At least the people who watched Kitty die were in their surrounding apartments, watching from the windows. At the Gateway, they were right there, many must have been within handshaking distance when the stabbing began. How difficult would it have been for the crowds there to overpower a lone man, even a lone man armed with a long knife?
Just three weeks ago, in the middle of drenching tragedy, we found hope and upliftment in the "spirit" of this city. Where was that spirit, at the Gateway?