HC: En­sure no stray dogs in U’khand within 6 months

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page - Neeraj San­toshi neeraj.san­toshi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAINITAL: In a land­mark or­der on check­ing ca­nine ter­ror, the Ut­tarak­hand high court on Thursday di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to en­sure there are no stray dogs on roads of the Hi­malayan state within six months. The high court also noted that the state gov­ern­ment may con­sider fram­ing a law to kill “dan­ger­ous stray dogs”.

NAINITAL: In a land­mark or­der on check­ing ca­nine ter­ror, the Ut­tarak­hand high court on Thursday di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to en­sure there are no stray dogs on roads of the Hi­malayan state within six months.

The high court also noted that the state gov­ern­ment may con­sider fram­ing a law to kill “dan­ger­ous stray dogs”.

The di­rec­tions were given by the di­vi­sion bench of jus­tices VK Bisht and Alok Singh in re­sponse to a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) filed by Nainital-based Girish Chan­dra Kho­lia in Au­gust 2017. HT has a copy of the or­der.

The PIL high­lighted the is­sue of in­creas­ing dog men­ace in the state. It said in the past five years, over 11,000 dog bite cases have been re­ported in the state.

The court di­rected the chief sec­re­tary to is­sue nec­es­sary di­rec­tions to all au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take ap­pro­pri­ate steps for check­ing the dog men­ace in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

THE DI­REC­TIONS WERE GIVEN BY THE DI­VI­SION BENCH OF JUS­TICES VK BISHT AND ALOK SINGH IN RE­SPONSE TO A PIL

The court also made it clear that the di­rec­tions is­sued by the chief sec­re­tary will be bind­ing on all au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies and other lo­cal bod­ies. “First of all the con­cerned au­thor­ity will de­ter­mine the num­ber of stray dogs in ev­ery town, city and vil­lage. Nec­es­sary ar­range­ments shall be made for the con­struc­tion of shel­ter house in ev­ery place,” it said.

The high court said stray dogs should be kept in­side shel­ter houses. It di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to pub­lish an ad­ver­tise­ment in the news­pa­pers, “ask­ing gen­eral pub­lic and also NGOs, who are in­ter­ested in the mat­ter, to come for­ward and to take such stray dogs with them, if they are against the idea of shel­ter”.

Be­sides, the di­vi­sion bench di­rected the gov­ern­ment that the mu­nic­i­pal and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will also ver­ify from each and ev­ery house whether their dogs are reg­is­tered with the mu­nic­i­pal board and if they are not, they be reg­is­tered as per the law.

The court said given the im­por­tance of the mat­ter, the non-com­pli­ance of the di­rec­tions is­sued by the chief sec­re­tary to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will be treated as con­tempt of court.

The next hear­ing in the mat­ter will be held on July 16. By that time, the chief sec­re­tary has been di­rected to sub­mit a short af­fi­davit list­ing the ac­tion taken or to be taken to take to check dog men­ace in the state.

Given the in­creas­ing dog men­ace in Nainital, a few weeks ago, ‘Nainital dogs CE’ What­sApp group was cre­ated to fight ca­nine ter­ror in the Hi­malayan hill sta­tion. The Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional In­dia, the In­dian chap­ter of the US-based NGO has signed an MoU with the Nainital civic body to check dog pop­u­la­tion in the hill sta­tion through ster­il­i­sa­tions.

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The court di­rected the chief sec­re­tary to is­sue nec­es­sary di­rec­tions to all au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take ap­pro­pri­ate steps for check­ing the dog men­ace in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

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