In the past few weeks, there have been several cases of stray dogs attacking humans, and in Noida,recently,y a toddler was killed by a dog, causing massive outrage.
But a woman from Delhi has claimed that the recent incidents in Noida and Ghaziabad were “staged”.
The woman, identified as Kamini Khanna, made the bizarre claim in a petition filed in the Delhi High Court “on behalf of all dogs in the national capital.”
The petition has also challenged a recent MCD advisory asking citizens to register their pets in light of an increasing number of dog-bite cases and sought a direction to restrain the authorities from removing, killing, or harming any street dog.
She argued that care-givers may be discouraged from providing meals to the community dogs as they would want to wriggle out of the responsibility to get the dogs registered, which would deprive the animals of “one decent meal.”
According to her, the advisory also “give arbitrary power” to the MCD to “kill dogs, remove dogs, and detain dogs, which could also result in extortion
and can have serious implications for law and order and the health of the community dogs.”
The petitioner argued that Section 399 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act enables the MCD to “kill dogs in an arbitrary manner”, which is in direct conflict with Article 51 of the Constitution and the law on animal protection.
She further argued that it is the duty of every citizen as well as the state to safeguard animals and the environment and that the provisions under challenge “encourage cruelty against dogs.”
She also went on to claim that the reason for the MCD advisory, which was the recent dog attacks in Noida and Ghaziabad, was staged.
The PIL further alleges that the colony and traders’ welfare associations in her area are working to remove all dogs there while “leaving no stone unturned to remove the dogs illegally and planning to get them killed with aid and assistance from MCD.”
A Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad has issued notices to the Centre and the MCD and sought their stand on the matter.
Recently, following the death of a toddler in Noida, some residents alleged that when the municipal authorities tried to take the stray dogs away, they were stopped by some dog feeders.
The Bombay High Court ruled on Thursday that animal lovers can only feed stray dogs at their homes and not anywhere else in public.
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Meanwhile, there is no end to the stray menace and the latest victim is a five-year-old girl who was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district on Friday.
The victim, identified as Sonia, was attacked by over half a dozen dogs while she was on the street in her village.
Sonia was rushed to the government hospital at Bedia before she was rushed to the district hospital, where she died during treatment.
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