Following the incident in which a stray dog attacked around 15 residents in Shanti Nagar in Manimajra on Wednesday, area residents have become afraid to let their children venture out of the houses. Gali Number Eight, where the incident occurred, is usually bustling with children playing in the narrow alleys all day long but on Friday, the area wore a deserted look as residents are still gripped with fear following the incident.
“I did not let any of my children go for attending their tuition classes today. My five-year-old son, Ahad, was bitten by the dog, which has left us shocked. The problem of stray dogs in Manimajra is severe, but nobody is willing to do anything. People are now afraid to let their children go out to play as half of those injured on Wednesday were children,” said Asif, who added that he fainted on seeing his son being treated at the anti-rabies clinic in Sector 19 on Wednesday.
Lalit, a youth who helped in catching the stray dog, said, “All the residents here saw what happened yesterday. The dog bit the children severely and many of them received multiple deep wounds, due to which the mood is grim here.
The dog even attacked people inside their houses. For instance, a woman standing outside her kitchen was taken by surprise when the dog entered their premises and bit her leg and arms.”
Another resident Kavita, whose seven-year-old daughter Anjali was attacked, said, “Such an incident has never occurred here before. She was very happy yesterday and went to play outside with her friends when the dog pounced on her and bit her on the head. All the children here were enjoying holidays from school, but I have asked my children to stay indoors for a few days.”
According to Manimajra Civil Hospital officials, around 25-30 dog-bite cases are reported at the hospital every week.
“A few days ago, a patient came to get treated for some injuries, and when she returned the next day, she was bitten by a dog just outside the hospital. The dog population here is increasing, and there is a dire need to reduce the dog-bite cases. We refer the patients to the anti-rabies clinic in Sector 19 and also to the General Hospital in Panchkula as it is located nearby,” said an official.
The MC also held an anti-rabies vaccination camp in Manimajra in which 82 dogs were vaccinated.