[Guest Post] Justice for April by Aniket Singh

Nowadays, animal teasing is the biggest problem that is increasing day by day and this is the problem which is ignored by everyone in the society just because animals can’t speak the language of humans, and because of which it is considered that they don’t have voice.

The reason for the increase in the animal cruelty cases is because there is no strict law to protect animals and this is the reason that we people, who are understood as the intelligent ones and those who have feelings, showcase their brutality and powers on animals by misbehaving and by hurting them.

Recently, a horrific case was seen in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar, where a pregnant dog named April, who didn’t misbehave or did something wrong, was brutally beaten to death by two merciless women (women, who in India are told to be too emotional and who can even feel others) at Samantarapur at April 28. Due to this brutality, a mother, April lost her two prematurely born babies. Like April there are many cases that take place in our society almost daily but do not come into light because some people carry a mentality that they are just animals, they don’t have feelings and don’t need any help. Today where one person does not help other in that situation, how can we think of a person helping an animal, which is implied and justified from this event.

April has many wounds on her body and she had to struggle for seven days, and to protect her, the doctors have to do immediate surgery. The two puppies were removed in the surgery but none survived. Every time we ignore these type of incidents, I have a question that always forces me to come forward for these innocent creatures and that is- Isn’t it wrong to mock these mute creatures without their fault? We are humans and it’s our duty to take care of these innocent creatures, they demand nothing from us except our love and care. We always waste our food but never give the food to street dogs, we can waste water but cannot keep it for outside animals and similarly there are many other such thing which show that we live in such a society where no one is yours and this is the biggest problem of our society.

Keeping in mind the same, our parliament which thinks of the people of India also thought about these creatures and made certain laws for animals. One of which is -
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960- This is an act to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals and for that purpose to amend the law relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals. According to section 11(a) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, “if any person beats, kicks, over-rides, tortures or otherwise treats any animals so as to subject it to unnecessary pain or suffering or causes or, being the owner permits, any animal to be so treated is a legal offence and the person shall be punished. 
This Act is also applied in April's case. After April and her babies died, a NGO decided to lodge a FIR against the women and based on the testimony of eye-witness, an FIR was filed against the women at Lingaraj police station.
The DCP of Bhubneshwar wrote on his twitter about the incident, “we have registered case no 61 U/S 268, 429 of Indian Penal Code and section of 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in Lingaraj police station. The culprit has been identified. The accused will be charge-sheeted soon.”

In this case there are many people who came forward to demand justice for April. Many celebrities and social media influencers are demanding justice for April but on other side many people think that these things are normal in our society. I want to tell those people if this happens to a human being, how would they react? If you are a human then, show your humanity not cruelty.

Animals are equally precious and should equally share God’s earth. We have no right to separate them from this god-given world. I request our Governments to make strict rules and laws to protect animals and implement these laws honestly. We have to take care of these innocent creatures. We must not inflict pain on them and do not separate them from their habitat and natural environment. They also have their family and they also have emotions. They also feel pain. I request people of my country to give food to these innocent creatures not pain. If you don’t like them, then please stay away from them but don’t hurt them.

In the present case, the police will be probing the matter and questioning the accused after the lockdown is lifted.

The author of this post, Aniket Singh is a Law Student from Maharishi Law Scool, Maharishi University of Information Technology, Noida. He can be reached at aniketsingh62000[at]gmail[dot]com.

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