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Ethics Case Study: Critically comment on the conduct of your’s, your wife and the passengers. Explain, ideally, what should have been done by you in this situation.

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

10) You and your wife are traveling in a public bus. The bus is full. The conductor of the bus is making indecent gestures to a destitute girl  sitting alone in the last seat. From their conversation it appears that the girl hasn’t paid sufficient money to buy the bus ticket. The conductor is making an issue out of her helplessness. Emboldened by her silence, he starts making indecent comments against the girl and tries to touch her at inappropriate places. When an elderly person raises his voice against conductor’s behaviour, he is silenced by driver and cleaner. They argue that the girl has illegally boarded the bus and needs to be thrown out. They make indecent comments against the girl about her appearance and character. Many passengers nod in agreement. When you try to raise your voice against bus staff’s conduct, your wife pulls you down and asks you to sit silently. She tells you that the issue might get complicated and you might miss your next train if the issue gets out of control. You both get down at next stop to catch the train. Next day you read in a local daily that the poor girl was molested and thrown out of the bus. The girl died.

Critically comment on the conduct of your’s, your wife and co- passengers.  Explain, ideally, what should have been done by you in this situation. (200 Words)

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