Ending the heartrending divide

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Indian streets and local colonies are hounded by packs of dogs, cats and other strays who are homeless and undernourished. These creatures are often beaten brutally and tormented because they get into noisy fights around street corners or ravage garbage bins littering neighbourhoods when they are hungry and ignored. Often, people feel threatened by their presence and ward them off with sticks.
With no shelter to call home, these vulnerable, scruffy and ragged mongrel species lie curled up and forlorn on street bends and alleyways.
Under the Indian Penal Code (Section 302) the punishment for murder is death, or life imprisonment and a fine. On the contrary, the killing, poisoning, maiming or torturing of an animal is a cognizable offence under Section 428 and 429 punished by limited imprisonment of up to two years or a fine or both.
The varying severity of punishment makes offenders bold. Often the law is not enforced strictly and the enforcing bodies do not charge the wrongdoers evasively explaining away the killings as mishaps. Furthermore, non-governmental organizations, which uphold these laws are non-state actors that do not have legally binding precedents which would help them in enforcing this law.

A resolution to the problem is for media to perhaps increase coverage of these incidents through separate columns highlighting the disgust and contempt for such misdemeanours. The government can also incentivize ways to get unemployed people to work as caretakers and pursue propaganda in favour of adoption or fundraising for such causes.  This can perhaps bring succour to these hapless creatures without a voice to express their woes.