Delhi Technological University Suspends Two Students for Scalding a Mouse to Death, Following Pressure From PETA India

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After a first information report was registered against two students from Delhi Technological University for allegedly trapping a mouse in a small plastic box and scalding the animal to death, PETA India met with Dr Prateek Sharma, the vice-chancellor of the university, to request that strict disciplinary measures be taken against the students. Subsequently, the university issued an official order detailing the actions taken, including the expulsion of both students from its hostel facilities, a two-week suspension from academics, and a fine of Rs 10,000 each. Additionally, the students have been placed on probation for the remainder of their time at the university and it will be required that they pledge not to engage in similar acts in the future. The students’ parents have been advised to arrange a psychiatric evaluation for them and submit a report within a month.


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We recommend that perpetrators of animal abuse undergo psychiatric evaluation and receive counselling, as abusing animals indicates deep psychological disturbance. Research shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals are often repeat offenders who move on to hurting other animals, including humans. A study published in Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal stated, “Those who engage in animal cruelty were 3 times more likely to commit other crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, assault, harassment, threats, and drug/substance abuse.”

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