Indian Dog Care Takers Attacked by a Mob. Police ignores Calls and Does not Enforce Laws

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Pratibha and Veronica of Palampur, HP India, have been providing care for street dogs for years (feeding, neutering, vaccinating, rescuing), as is their legal right in India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 - Street Dog Rules. 

  1. There is no law that prohibits the feeding of unowned community dogs. Citizens who choose to do so are in fact performing a duty cast upon them by the Constitution of India - of showing compassion to all living creatures. 

They started Palampur Animal Welfare to help dogs and other animals in their community. Pratibha is also the Director at Dharamsala Animal Rescue, one hour away from her home.

They have been constantly harassed for years. It escalated on the evening of August 13, 2020. A drunk man on a scooter rammed into community dog they were walking from behind. The dog snapped at the man. The man tried to blackmail them saying to pay Rs 35,000 because the dog bit him. Later that evening, he showed up at their home with a mob. Both women were physically assaulted but got themselves safely inside their home. They called the police who refused to come. After calling the Superintendent of Police, the local police finally showed up 1 hour later -  when they were a 5 minute walk away. 

They were brought down to the station along with the mob. The police encouraged the women not to file a complaint since they were not that hurt (Veronica still needs an ultrasound.) And told them they may need to pay some money to the man. This is incorrect according to India law. The man has broken the law while Pratibha and Veronica has done nothing wrong. 

Per Indian Law

  • Please note any act which may result in any injury to an animal or an act that may cause distress or cruelty to any animal is an offence - under section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal code - punishable with imprisonment and fine.
  • Any aggression or hostility that the dogs may be subjected to, may render them aggressive, and hostile to humans. they resort to snapping and biting in self defence. if the same happens, the human aggressors shall be the only ones to blame. 
  • Attempts to interfere with or harass persons who choose to look after and feed community dogs may be tantamount to criminal intimidation under section 503 of the Indian Penal Code. 

Please sign this petition to have the SP Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan, take immediate action: 

  1. File charges on the man for cruelty to animals
  2. Files charges on the mob for harassing Pratibha and Veronica
  3. Files charges for assault. 
  4. Remove police officers for not taking appropriate action and leaving these 2 women in danger. 
  5. Demand that all police officers are train on and enforce the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. 

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