Korean American in Grisly Death on New York Subway

The tabloid New York Post faces mounting criticism for putting a photo on its front page of a man who was pushed by an assailant onto the subway tracks moments before his death as he struggled to climb back onto the platform.

The daily featured the photo with the headline "DOOMED" and a caption explaining that the man, a Korean American named Han Ki-suk, was seconds away from death.

Han, a 58-year-old man from the borough of Queens, was killed when his assailant Naeem Davis (30) pushed him on the tracks of 49th Street station. Han was trying to stop Davis from going around the platform verbally harassing bystanders.

The photo taken by a freelance photographer shows Han clinging on to the platform as the train approaches.

At first, the newspaper was criticized for its lack of sympathy for the victim, but opprobrium soon turned on the photographer, R. Umar Abbassi, and other bystanders who stood by and watched.

A Korean-American man tries to climb to safety after being pushed on the subway tracks in New York in this picture featured on cover of the New York Post on Tuesday. A Korean-American man tries to climb to safety after being pushed on the subway tracks in New York in this picture featured on cover of the New York Post on Tuesday.

None of them offered to help in the 10 to 15 seconds between the time Han fell on the tracks until he was hit by the train.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 06, 2012 12:02 KST