An Andheri-based animal loving family has come up with a novel method of getting back at those who abuse stray animals in their vicinity. The family has taken to putting up posters in the locality which speak about ‘Karma’ and how every action has an equal reaction after a stray dog that they were caring for disappeared from their locality.
The family believes that fellow residents of their housing society had a role to play in causing the disappearance of the stray that they had been looking after for more than a decade.
The stray went missing in August from the 128-flat Seema Society in Four Bungalows, Andheri (West). The Purov family which had been looking after the stray decided to act. Beginning August 25, some 48 hours after learning of the disappearance, the Purovs put up a white A4 poster containing a large picture of Daisy and these words — ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Karma’.
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“We know which families in the society are responsible. We want to provoke and frustrate them into telling us what they did to Daisy,” said Monika Purov, 24. Daisy, the family said, was wracked by arthritis and couldn’t see because of a cataract. “I don’t think she would be alive after so many days,” she said.
“We had stuck the posters inside the society premises and realised that they had to be put up in a more visible place and had to not be in English,” said Monika, a pharmacist.
Their next attempt, in Hindi, has had the desired effect. Stuck on lamp posts on the society’s front and rear exits, and bearing the text “Mere ghar se mujhe nikalne waale dost, tera bhi din aayega (you, who have made me leave my home, will also meet the same fate), it didn’t take long for the posters to be torn off. The families the Purovs believed to be behind Daisy’s disappearance had also stopped speaking to them, said Monika.
“Many residents have phoned the watchmen at the gates and told them to take off the posters,” said Monika’s father Nikhil Purov.
After the first couple were ripped off, the family had now taken to lathering the posters completely with glue. “That way, even if someone scratches it, the poster won’t come off so easily,” said Nikhil, a market research executive. Both the father and the daughter have had stints in advertising before their current jobs and found it easy to translate their outrage onto paper. “We knew we had to keep the message crisp. It should take only 2-3 seconds to read,” said Nikhil.
The family is convinced that a bout of ticks led to Daisy being taken away illegally on the night of August 25. “There was a pest control treatment scheduled in the society the same day and some people who had an allergy to ticks and are dog haters got rid of her. But ticks can be cured,” Monika said, holding up a bottle of tick spray that she never got to use on Daisy.
The Purovs said the posters came about after none of their neighbours came forward with information on Daisy. “We have gathered proof and know the dog haters who are involved,” said Monika.
The family believes chance will come at the society’s upcoming annual general meeting. “It’s not on the agenda, but someone is sure to bring it up,” beamed Nikhil.
Society secretary Subhash Kulkarni said he had made appeals to members to come forward with information. “I also have a dog. There was no need to harm her just because she had ticks,” he said.