Stray dogs continue to be a big menace in Kerala, with incidents of the canines attacking human beings getting reported from different parts of the state every other day. A 90-year-old man was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at his house near Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, October 26. He succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The victim, Raghavan, was attacked by six dogs at around 4.30 am when he was sitting in the verandah of his house. He was soon taken to Taluk Hospital in Varkala and later shifted to medical college in Thiruvananthapuram, where he passed away.
Philanthropist Kochouseph Chittilappilly, who has been often criticised by animal lovers all over Kerala, has shared two gory photos of the nonagenarian, questioning Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is also a vociferous animal rights activist, if this is what she means by protecting people in Kerala.
"This is what Maneka Gandhi means when she says, 'I'm trying to protect the people of Kerala,' while all that she means is to protect the stray dogs of Kerala. See the poignant situation of 90-year-old Raghavan, who was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at his residence in Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram this morning. He was sitting in the verandah of his house early morning when he was attacked [sic]," Chittilappilly wrote while sharing the shocking photos of the victim.
Gandhi had recently said that she has given directions to Kerala police chief Lokanath Behara to take strict action against people who kill stray dogs in Kerala. She asserted that the state government must take measures to set up ABC (animal birth control) units from November 1, to help eradicate the issue of stray dogs within a year.
Meanwhile, many netizens have come forward to react on the latest incident, emphasising that human life is more important than stray dogs.
Check out her how social media users responded to the incident:
Really bad to see such incidents are happening in our state. Still, our system is not acting in a proper way.
Adv Sony Sebastian Maliyeckal
I Menaka Gandhi is mentally ill.. should be treated....Why Menaka Gandhi involves in this matter when she handles some other portfolio which is to protect ladies and children and does not have any link with dogprotection... Some hidden agenda behind this... Like to know the status of BJP in this issue..she should be dismissed from the ministry....
Tanita Cicily Jerard
Pathetic!! Human lives are more important than stray Dogs
Isnt the Govt of the day responsble responsible to protect the common frm stray dogs with the existing laws?
Akhil M Johns
No action has taken yet.....
See how they treat the people....
Thank u menaka ji..