The Tenth Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court at Malkajgiri convicted a 40-year-old man who tied a dog to an autorickshaw and then dragged it along, resulting in the death of the animal, but fined him just Rs.1,050.
The man identified as Mohammed Younus, a resident of Deendayalnagar in Malkajgiri, was released after he paid the fine.
Animal lovers are appalled at the light punishment and have demanded more stringent punishment for such an inhuman act.
Younus claimed that the dog owned by his neighbours was biting people.
The two-year-old female dog succumbed to leg and head injuries at the Blue Cross Hospital while undergoing treatment.
Younus was convicted under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals Act, and Section 428 IPC, which says that killing of an animal above the value of Rs.10 shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of two years or fine or both. The Section is a compoundable offence, said Malkajgiri SI of police, Mr Vijay Kumar.
Actor Ileana who has nine cats, two dogs and two kittens at her palatial home in Goa says, “We should have more stringent laws to protect stray pet animals and I really feel sad at this minimal punishment. Although I am not an activist, I am a lover of stray animals. In fact, I found injured cats and dogs on the road and brought them home and now they have become part of our family. Government should initiate some measures to safeguard pet animals.”
Businessman Mr Parvez Baria recommends imprisonment in addition to the fine in such cases of cruelty. “Rs.1,050 is a very small price for the atrocity he committed,” he says.
Mr D. Laxmiparthasarathy, principal secretary of transport says, “I felt very bad when I read the article in Deccan Chronicle. How can he do that
He should be imprisoned or should be given the same punishment that he inflicted on the dog.”
Ms V. Vasanthi of People for Animals says there’s an urgent need to mend the Act. “A simple conviction is no match to the crime. Most of the time, these dog killers escape (punishment). The police had refused to take up this case, but we prevailed upon them to do so. We will continue legal action. Deccan Chronicle