Stray dogs were helped by #PratimaDevi or Amma, now she is helpless, she needs help!
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Urgent update about Pratima Devi/Amma, who looks after street animals near PVR Saket. Her house was demolished today, apparently on the orders of an MCD councillor, but details are still very murky. From what I know so far, it seems likely that false allegations of drug-peddling have been used against her because some local businessmen want the space for their shops and have bribed local politicians.
I was there for a while today confronting the people who were overseeing the bulldozing, and didn't get any clear answers - only very vague talk about all the “dirt” and “filth” in a “posh” complex, how her dogs are all over the place etc. Which is ridiculous given that she is the one who has been getting sterilisations and vaccinations done regularly for years. The real danger of the dogs becoming scared, uncontrolled and aggressive is now, after their home has been taken away.
Trying to get together with Amma’s other well-wishers over the next few days and figure out what can be done. Will need suggestions and help - especially from journalist friends who might be able to help with media coverage. I’m happy to provide more details about all the good work she has done in the colony over the past three decades.
For now, though, anyone who can step forward to help with plastic sheets/mattresses/tarpaulins/food, please do so. And spread the word to other people who might care about this.
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