The stray dog menace in Kerala has reached its peak with yet another person being attacked last week. Though the authorities responsible maintain that things are under control, the news tells a different story. The situation has become a serious one after a 65-year-old woman, who was attacked by a pack of stray dogs, died in Thiruvananthapuram recently. The government’s decision to cull stray dogs, following the uproar, has become a controversial one.
The Centre has expressed its displeasure with the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government’s move to kill stray dogs. On Friday, the Supreme Court will hear a plea filed by advocate Anupam Tripathi against the culling of dogs in the State. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has termed the move as “unlawful and unscientific”.
Though the Centre is not in favour of culling of stray dogs, public opinion in the State is a mixed one. A large group of people in Kerala are in fact urging that ferocious street dogs, which are a threat to their lives, be culled.