A day after a boy was brutally attacked by stray dogs leading to his death, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it was concerned over the stray dog menace in the city.
The High Court directed the civic corporations to submit a detailed status report on how the rules for controlling the stray dog population were being implemented by them.
A bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva ordered that the status report should indicate the number of sterilisations carried out on stray dogs and how many of them had been returned to localities they were picked up from.
The High Court took note of Tuesday’s incident in which a six-year-old boy was mauled to death by four stray dogs when he tripped and fell on them in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.
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The High Court directed the municipal corporation of south Delhi to file a status report on the incident and ordered that compensation be provided to those affected by such incidents.
The Animal Welfare Board of India told the court that to control the menace of stray dogs, it was necessary that the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules be implemented in letter and spirit.
The High Court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Nyaya Bhoomi, seeking directions to the Delhi government and municipal authorities to take action as well as frame guidelines to address the growing menace of stray dogs and dog bites.
In the incident in Jamia Nagar, the boy, Mamoon, was playing with friends when he fell on the pack of dogs sleeping on a heap of sand. As the dogs woke up and started barking, a frightened Mamoon began running. The dogs chased and attacked him, the police said.
“As the dogs attacked the child, his friends fled. The child suffered injuries to his head, neck and face. The child’s mother and neighbours, alerted by his friends, rushed to the spot from the jhuggis in Gaffar Manzil and found Mamoon bleeding profusely,” a police officer said. As a crowd gathered, the dogs left.