The two teenaged boys who were seen in a recent viral video cruelly drowning a tied-up dog in a dirty pond have been traced and identified in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. An FIR has been lodged against the two dog killers at Madhav Nagar police station under sections of animal cruelty. While one of the accused is 19-year-old Sunny Borasi, the second teen is a minor.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India who had also offered a reward up to Rs 50,000 for anyone giving leads about these two dog killers, said that they thank the police of Ujjain and also the Aurangabad range of Maharashtra police, for seriously investigating this case of extreme animal cruelty.
“PETA India commends the efforts taken by Ujjain police and is grateful for the support rendered by Special Inspector General of Police (IGP), Aurangabad range, Dr. Ravinder Singal, and his team who helped trace the accused to Panchampura in Ujjain, which is also the source of the viral video,” said PETA India Associate Manager of Emergency Response Team, Meet Ashar. “Since people who are cruel to animals often move on to harming humans, it’s imperative for the public to report cases of cruelty to animals such as this one for everyone’s safety,” added Ashar.
Preliminary interrogation of the two boys by the local police revealed that the animal crime took place around six days ago and that the youths had drowned the dog while shooting a video of it “just for fun”.
“The video was first circulated on some WhatsApp groups, but a TikTok application user uploaded it with the good intention of nabbing these cruel dog killers. We took it forward from there,” said Ashar. The offense is booked under Sections 34 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1)(a) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.
The video shows how the poor dog is directly looking at the youths as if pleading with them to release him. This was seconds before the dog was thrown into a dirty pond.
There was absolutely zero compassion among the boys who killed the animal.
Many celebrities like Athiya Shetty, Suneil Shetty, Heena Sidhu among others had also appealed to their followers on social networking sites to help in the nabbing of these teenagers in the past few days.
In a study of domestic violence victims, 60% of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals, informed PETA India. While the IPC carries stricter penalties, PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the nation’s PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated, inadequate penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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