A 90-year-old man died after being mauled by a pack of stray dogs at Varkala in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district on Wednesday. The victim, Charuvila Raghavan, was sleeping on the verandah of his house on Wednesday morning when the stray dogs pounced on him. The elderly man sustained deep wounds on his face and the dogs almost tore his nose apart. He also sustained injuries on his hands and legs as he tried to resist the dogs.
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Raghavan was rushed to the medical college hospital, where he died in the afternoon. The incident comes after stray dogs mauled a woman to death at a coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram in August.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Menaka Gandhi told a television channel in Delhi that the relevant sections of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act should be slapped on those who kill stray dogs. Those who repeatedly kill stray dogs should be reckoned as habitual offenders, she said.
Reacting to the Union Minister’s remarks, Kerala Social Welfare Minister K T Jaleel said that the situation in Kerala does not require the use of the Act. He added that the Union Minister is not aware of the ground reality in Kerala.
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