Stray dog menace: Kerala BJP slams Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s call for action against dog killers

Maneka had urged the Kerala government to invoke the stringent anti-goons Act against those killing stray dogs.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 28, 2016 10:31 am
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BJP’s Kerala unit Thursday said Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s statement on culling of stray dogs had dented the party’s and the central government’s image in the state. Maneka had urged the Kerala government to invoke the stringent anti-goons Act against those killing stray dogs. The Act is meant to tackle anti-social elements.

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In a letter to Maneka, BJP national council member and former state unit chief V Muraleedharan urged her to show restraint as opponents would misinterpret her remarks to tarnish the image of the central government and BJP. He said the people of Kerala are forced to cull stray dogs as the menace has assumed a dangerous proportions.

“In an extremely appalling situation, rather than expressing solidarity with the general public in addressing this menace, your statement to impose anti-goons Act has invited the wrath of the people in Kerala. Women and children are at the receiving end of stray dog attacks. Rather than expressing solidarity with the children, you speak against the people who are trying to get rid of the menace,’’ he said.

“Being an activist you are free to air your personal views in this regard. But you should have ensured that your personal views do not get reflected as the view of the Union government,’’ he added. Muraleedharan told Maneka that the issue was not connected to her portfolio.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 28, 2016 at 7:02 am
    There shouldnt be any stray animals on the streets through out the nation these animals carry all sorts of diseases n ticks n the public have to put up with this , why is this not part of swatcha bharat
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      Oct 30, 2016 at 8:10 am
      Stray animals including stray dogs in India is the result of mismanaged Animal Welfare department headed by irresponsible people like Maneka hi. These people looked after only their own welfare and ignored the poor animals. Every person attacked or killed by stray animals in India is eligible to sue those worked and headed the Animal Welfare Board. They should be held responsible for the attacks by the stray animals and all the compensation to be charged from their ry.
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        Chander Pal
        Oct 28, 2016 at 1:59 am
        Stray dogs are threat to residents. Law is heavily loaded against those who are frightened be it senior citizens or school going students. A single dog lover can hold the w colony to ransom. Stray dogs need to be protected but why a school girl who wants to ride a bicycle for fun has no rights.
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          Adrian Akau
          Oct 28, 2016 at 2:35 am
          Children, elderly, crippled and those riding two wheelers are being terrorized by the stray dog attacks. The hungry animals are even trying to eat some of their victims.
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            Oct 28, 2016 at 6:49 am
            There was never a friction or fighting between Rajeev hi and Sanjay hi, but these two sonia and maneka never adjusted them self. Both widows can works together, but decided to works and walk in different ways. Just to take a unknown fact's revenge, maneka decided to stay in BJP, where she ot nothing, other than a street dog catcher. Will be better, before she die, must try to give their next generation a right direction and understanding within same family, leaving ego aside.
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              Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
              Oct 28, 2016 at 10:38 am
              If 'Anti goons act' cannot be used what about slapping 'Sedition' charges against the dog killers. Also 'Anti-national Act' if there is such one can be slapped to strengthen the case. And of course 'Dowry Death' and all such other also slapped to make it a foolproof case.
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                Devayan Paul
                Oct 28, 2016 at 5:27 am
                As a matter of factual data 75% of the patients had been bitten by pet dogs, and only a quarter had been caused by;br/gt;So Kerala Govt stop this extremist overkill and don;t kill them if you cant help them!!Sikkim is rabies-free after all its strays have been neutered, thanks to a successful government-run sterilisation programme..Why can't they adopt a similar approach towards the same for solving the problem??
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                  Deepak Vohra
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 8:48 am
                  arrest and prosecute the murderers of dogs. TNR (Tra/Nuter/Release) is the answer to control dog potion. And India should control and reduce its killer human overpotion
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