Culling of stray dogs: SC seeks explanation from Jose Maveli
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the Vigilante groups in Kerala to stop culling of stray dogs. It has also asked social worker Jose Maveli, who encouraged the killings, to present himself in person and give an explanation.
The court also wanted Justice Siri Jagan committee, appointed to study the stray dog menace, to probe the activities of the groups encouraging the killings.
"The report of the enquiry shall be submitted before us through the counsel of the Committee, Mr Gaurav Agarwal so that proper orders can be passed," it said.
"Let not an impression go out that human life is of lesser value than that of dogs. Human life is divine," the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Amitava Roy observed while restraining vigilante groups in Kerala from propagating and imparting training for killing of dogs.
Noting that even dogs are created by divinity, the bench said that a dog can only be killed in accordance with law as it was told that some individuals have made it their "mission" to kill street dogs.
Senior counsel Anand Grover named some of them and told the court that Jose Maveli has been arrested seven times, but as the offence of killing dogs is bailable, the person gets out after paying a fine of Rs 50.
The court asked Maveli to be present in the court on the next date of hearing on March 1, 2017, as Grover told the bench that this man is a petitioner before the apex court in the matter but does not comply with the directions of the court and violates the law with impunity.
Telling the court that Kerala government "does not intend to remain silent", senior counsel V. Giri, who appeared for the state government, told the court that the state government was "making immense efforts to curtail the spread of stray dogs and also trying that no stray dog attacks human beings."
Led by Jose Maveli, stray dogs were culled at various parts of the state. This apart, the alumni association of Pala St Thomas college in October announced rewards to civic authorities who would kill the maximum number of stray dogs.
The outfit had also offered to provide air guns at subsidised rates.
As per the statistics, four persons were killed in the last four months in stray dog attacks in the state while more than 700 persons were injured across the state.
Around 53,000 people have approached hospitals to take treatment for dog bites this year.
(with inputs from IANS)