For Immediate Release:
9 September 2017
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PETA Demands Investigation and Strong Punishment, Police File an FIR
Mumbai – After receiving word that a man working as a security guard at a housing complex in Chembur, Mumbai, was apparently regularly sexually abusing a stray dog in a washroom, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is urging the police to push for the strongest punishments possible under the law if he’s found guilty. CCTV footage from multiple nights shows the security guard making masturbation gestures and then trapping what appears to be the same dog for a duration of time in the guards’ toilet facility. With PETA’s help, Asmita Deshmukh, an individual concerned about the dog’s welfare, registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 377 of The Indian Penal Code at the Chembur police station, and the accused has been arrested by the police. PETA India also plans to bring the matter to the attention of the security guard’s employment agency, encouraging it to take action against the accused as well.
“Violent people often start by abusing animals and then move on to targeting human victims. Therefore, this case should worry everyone,” PETA Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar says. “PETA calls for anyone found harming animals to be punished to the fullest extent of the law and requests that the government strengthen penalties for abusing animals – for the entire community’s safety.”
Several recent cases of cruelty to animals have signalled the need for harsher penalties, including the following: a Bangalore woman killed eight puppies, Chennai medical students threw a puppy off a roof, and Vellore medical students tortured a monkey to death. According to mental-health and law-enforcement authorities, people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often move on to hurting humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 per cent of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – has long campaigned to strengthen India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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