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Friendship Day; Dec 16th?

Two years ago, in front of his eyes, his girlfriend was brutally raped by six┬áboys in a running bus┬áin Delhi.┬á He fought even after he couldn’t take it anymore, he was beaten┬áand┬áwounded┬áwith an iron rod.┬á They broke his leg, robbed him, snatched his mobile┬áand left him┬áwith no help, no mercy, no clothes and no means for procuring any aid. And if that wasn’t enough, he was thrown from the running bus along with his girl friend.

They were naked, drained, exhausted & wounded. He tried to stop passing cars and begging for a piece of shawl to wrap his girl friend but in these times of need no one came to his side for almost an hour. Then he took her to the hospital, admitted her, called the police, called her parents and did every possible deed that a true friend should do in the hour of need.

He could have fled from the bus.
– he did not.
He could have left her on the road;
– he did not.
He could have claimed fame & money;
– but he did not.
He could have claimed his treatment money from Government
– he did not.
He could have become the most frequently seen face in the electronic media in exchange of money – he did not.
If this is not friendship then what is?

When the entire country roared for the girl no one thought what this boy had gone through that night. He is not a film star or a cricketer. He is Awindra Pratap Pandey a boy from Gorakshapur in UP the boy who loved his girl from the core of his heart.

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When this boy is there somewhere in anonymity, why should we Indians celebrate friendship day on 3rd August to copy Americans? We should celebrate friendship day in India  on 16th December to salute the spirit of Awindra who proved what friendship means.

Let 16th Dec be an official friendship day in India.
Does this get to you too?

If yes then please share this. Let our minds be free and hearts have humanity and humility. Let’s do something that actually means something. Let’s take the step.

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