When Sureshchandra Pandey, an auto driver, picked up a passenger outside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, on February 20th, 2015, little had he known what he was in store for.

Auto Driver saved a woman from committing suicide

Picture Source Auto Driver saved a woman from committing suicide

It was 6 pm when his passenger, a 28-year-old woman, boarded his auto to get to Andheri. However, midway into the ride, the woman all of a sudden changed her mind and wanted to get to Bandstand instead. She told him to drop her off at Bandstand so that she could jump into the sea and never be found again! Thinking that she was joking, Pandey laughed it off at first. However, when she kept repeating the same thing several more times, he got worried. Pulling over near Vile Parle, he asked her what was wrong, to which the woman said that she had no one in the world and didn’t have any reason to live anymore.

Auto Driver saved a woman from committing suicide

Picture Source Auto Driver saved a woman from committing suicide

Pandey found out that she had come to the airport to see her mother off, who was visiting her from Delhi. Having lost her job recently, she had been struggling with depression. On realizing this, he immediately tried to calm her down and talk her out of it, however, it didn’t work. That’s when his presence of mind came into play.

I realized that if I refused to take her to Bandstand, she would only hail another auto, and the auto driver might not care. I had to think fast. I told her that I would take her to the Airport police station, and that the police would be able to prevent her mother from boarding her flight. She agreed and I sped to the police station.

He also got in touch with the Airport Police Station, asking for their help in contacting her mother so that she could be asked not to board her flight to Delhi. However, it was reported that the mother had refused to stay back. In spite of that, due to Pandey’s efforts and quick thinking, within just 2 hours, the woman was admitted to Cooper Hospital under the care of psychiatrists.

I know it is a tendency among people to shy away from such situations, but I have five children, three of them girls. What if it had been one of my daughters? How would I feel if one of them wanted to take such an extreme step and no one helped her?

In this age when most of us don’t even bother to help an old lady cross the road, it is an absolutely refreshing and inspiring act from Sureshchandra Pandey, which helped save another human being’s life! We salute him, and hope this inspires others to also show care and concern for their fellow human beings, instead of just brushing it off to avoid the hassle.