Indian mum turns 'traffic cop' after losing daughter in crash

2014-11-03 13:21

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New Delhi - An Indian woman who lost her daughter in a road crash has taken to regulating traffic at the accident site to prevent further loss of life, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Dorris Francis controls traffic at the accident-prone junction in Ghaziabad near New Delhi where her 17-year-old daughter Niki was killed six years ago after a speeding car hit their auto-rickshaw, the Times of India reported.

The grieving mother took up her "post" several years ago to ensure no one else suffered Niki's fate.

She is not working for the traffic police and has no powers to penalise violations but manages traffic every morning, wielding a wooden stick and stern demeanour. She says there has only been one fatal accident since she took charge.

"Till I have life within me, I will continue with the work. I will ensure that not a single life is lost to rash driving. If God has given me the gift of life, it should be used for the benefit of society at large," she said.

Francis, 57, has come in for praise from locals and police for taking on her stressful duties despite her age and battling ailments such as hypertension.

India is notorious for having the highest number of traffic fatalities in the world. An average of 135 000 people die each year in related accidents, according to government data.

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