Thiruvananthapuram: Industrialist and social activist Kochouseph Chittilappilly has responded strongly to the death of the elderly woman Shiluvamma after being attacked by stray dogs at Pulluvila beach in the district. In a statement, Kochouseph Chittilappilly said that the stray dogs, which tasted human blood, should be shot down and a case of involuntary man-slaughter should be registered against the authorities.

The full statement of Kochouseph Chittilappilly

The incident of an elderly woman called Shiluvamma torn to pieces by around 100 stray dogs has shocked everybody. It is highly condemnable that local body institutions and the government is not taking any action against the menace. It is also a violation of human rights.

The concerned authorities should have taken measures to exterminate the stray dogs. The Kerala High Court the other day had made it clear in an order that it is for the local body institutions to protect the public from the stray dog attacks. Despite this, the authorities did not take any action. This is a violation of rights of the common man and an insult to the court verdict. This also shows the indifference of the authorities. 

Even though such a terrifying incident happened, the authorities have committed an unpardonable mistake by not exterminating the dogs and not taking necessary measures to prevent such attacks in the future.  If attacks by an elephant, buffalo or tiger occur, the Collector using his magisterial powers, can issue orders to shoot the animal down. However, this too did not happen in the present circumstances. This also has to be viewed as a major violation of human rights. 

Hence I request the Human Rights Commission to initiate the following measures:

1. Immediately shoot down the stray dogs at Pulluvila beach as there is a chance that the dogs may attack humans again.

2. A case of involuntary man-slaughter should be charged against the officials responsible for the incident.

According to the High Court order of August 17, 2016, it is the responsibility of the local body institutions to protect the people in the respective localities from stray dog attacks. Hence the institutions should give the deserving compensation and free treatment to the affected people. 

As per the ABC (Dogs) Rules of 2001, the stray dog population should be controlled. Though this rule is being implemented for the past 15 years, it is clear that the authorities are not able to control stray dog population effectively. As human lives have more value than stray dogs, the law makers should re-evaluate ABC (Dogs) Rules.

There is no doubt that the availability of waste is the reason for the proliferation of stray dogs, However, the number of stray dogs is large. In the present circumstances, the stray dogs will become more violent and the situation will become worse, if waste is not available to them. Hence, the only solution to this problem is to exterminate stray dogs.