The ugly side of human cruelty against animals was once again laid bare as a video of a Jodhpur man tying a street dog to his car and dragging it for five kilometres went viral.
The man was later identified as Dr Rajneesh Galwa, a plastic surgeon at Jodhpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Hospital. It was alleged that he was fed up with the street dog regularly entering his house.
As the video went viral on social media, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against the doctor at Jodhpur’s Shastri Nagar police station. The video was made by the people passing by who stopped the doctor’s car and rescued the dog.
The Sub-Inspector of the police station, Om Karan, said, “An FIR has been registered against the doctor. It seems the doctor was frustrated because of some personal issue. An FIR has been registered under the Animal Cruelty Act, 1960 and section 428 IPC. The investigation is ongoing and things will be clear after that.”
The provision of law does not include any arrest of the accused. Under government policy and Animal Birth Control 2011, in the area where these street dogs are terrorized, they can be sterilised but not killed. If anyone harasses or tries to kill these street dogs or cattle, then a case of animal cruelty can be registered by the police.