HC warns animal rights organisations

HC warns animal rights organisations

The High Court on Thursday warned the animal rights organisations that it would direct the BBMP to cancel their funding if they fail to appear before the court in connection with a case of dog bite.

Hearing a petition by a five-year-old boy Jishnu, who along with his mother Vidya P, had filed a PIL seeking compensation of Rs five lakh from the Palike, the Division Bench warned the NGOs for not appearing before the court.

During the hearing, when the Chief Justice sought to know why the BBMP is not ready to compensate the victim, the counsel for BBMP said there was no provision for it and pointed out that there was a provision to compensate snake bite, but not dog bite.

The counsel for petitioners pointed out to the spilled garbage as the reason for the dog bite and blamed the BBMP for increasing dog bite cases. “As per the KMC Act, the BBMP should keep the dogs in shelters after they are sterilized,” he submitted.

Reacting to it, the BBMP counsel said the dogs will not attack unless they are provoked. He said the parents should take care of the children. The Bench interfered and said: “What about the children of the homeless? It is better you keep the dogs in enclosures.”

The court adjourned the matter after government counsel R Devdas submitted that he will take the matter pertaining to compensation and make a submission during the next hearing. Jishnu, a resident of Yelahanka New Town, was attacked by a pack of stray dogs on July 6, 2010.

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