“Could You Do It To Any Other Woman What You Did It To Her?” this question resound in my ears everytime the horrific ordeal narrated by a founder of a NGO comes up in my mind.
In a horrific incident, a pregnant dog was brutally beaten to death by two women at Samantarapur on April 28 in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. Her two prematurely born puppies also succumbed to death several days after the incident.
Animal cruelty cases are becoming even more brutal instead of deteriorating. Last year, a stray dog was mercilessly beaten up for taking shelter in a building in Mumbai’s Worli due to heavy rains. The incident was brought to light by actor Sonam Kapoor who posted a video on her Instagram profile.
There are many such cases which doesn’t even come to light. One of the reasons of animal cruelty cases on a rise is that there have been no strict laws made for the offenders and that is the reason they continue to showcase their brutality on the animals. While in many places animals are worshipped, at the same motherland there are people harming them for their own comforts and pleasure.
Newsd got in touch with the founder of NGO Purabi Patra, Animal Welfare Trust Ekamra (AWTE), who with the help of her team rescued the dog.
She narrated the horrific ordeal to us and how things went after the death of the voiceless. The founder of Animal Welfare received a call from a girl who informed her about a dog which was crying of pain as she was unable to lift herself up. She also told her that the dog was brutally beaten up.
A rescue team was sent by the NGO and the dog was rushed for the treatment. The treatment went for seven days and amidst the procedure, it was found that the dog was pregnant. To move ahead with the treatment, the doctors decided to operate the pregnant dog. The two puppies were removed in the surgery but no one survived.
After the demise of the mother dog and her kids, the NGO decided to lodge an FIR against the women who were responsible for the brutal act.
Based on the testimony of the eye-witness, an FIR was filed against the women at Lingaraj police station. DCP Bhubneshwar took to Twitter to inform about lodging of the case.
They wrote, “We have registered case No 61 U/S 268 ,429 IPC n Sec 11,Cruelty to Animal Act in the Lingaraj PS. The culprit has been identified. In view of the SC direction on arrest during Covid 19 pandemic, notice has been served. The accused will be chargesheeted soon.”
We have registered case No 61
U/S 268 ,429 IPC n Sec 11,Cruelty to Animal Act in the Lingaraj PS. The culprit has been identified. In view of the SC direction on arrest during Covid 19 pandemic, notice has been served. The accused will be chargesheeted soon.
— DCP Bhubaneswar (@dcpbbsr) May 7, 2020
Purabi Patra of AWTE said that they have started an online campaign seeking justice for April (the pregnant dog that was killed).
“We appeal the people to prepare placard seeking Justice for April, click a picture and share it in social media tagging commissioner of police, DCP and CMO Odisha,” Patra said and urged people to raise their voice.”
On 21t,a pregnant stray dog was beaten by 2 women at,Bhubaneswar that she and her premature puppies died with trauma and internal injury on 28th of April. FIR has been lodged but no action has been taken yet. Please stand for #JusticeForApril@anupkumarsahoo@SarangiSudhansu pic.twitter.com/I4kliyrOXq
— Animal Welfare Trust – Ekamra (AWTE) (@AWTEOdisha) May 2, 2020
Actor Anubha and Puspa Panda among others condemned the killing of the pregnant dog in the city. Elina Samantaray too protested the incident and said, “Being a woman, how could she beat a pregnant dog to death? Though Animal Welfare Trust Ekamra members rescued April, she could not be saved. Her pre-mature puppies also died.”
When asked about the expectations from the law, the founder of the NGO said, “As the number of animal cruelty cases rise, there is a need for a strict law so that there is a fear amongst the people before committing such heinous crime.”
“People who are afraid of coming out to be the eye-witness or even to help the needy should know that they have the supreme power with them and there is no need to be scared of anyone,” she added.
The founder also explained how she and her NGO is fighting since 2016 for a strict law against the animal cruelty offenders. She hopes with the coming time, proper and strict law is made for this cause so that there is fear before committing such acts.
However, the police will be probing the matter and questioning the accused after the lockdown is lifted.