*Women Activist Hit by Butchers in Kalyan*
*Patrolling cops watch everything as a silent spectator*
*Kalyan, August 5, 2009: *In a horrific incident 2 woman activists from
PAWS (Plants & Animals Welfare Society) were beaten up by butchers in the
wee hours of evening at Bail Bazar in Kalyan. It all started when PAWS
helpline received a call informing that 2 calves are going to be slaughtered
at Bail Bazar.
PAWS team headed to the scene along with 6 volunteers. After reaching near
the slaughter house, 2 ailing calves, one paralytic and other one in
absolute distress were spotted near a municipal slaughter house. When the
team protested saying killing of calves is banned in India, the owners
threatened them with dire consequences. According to Indian Penal Code 1860,
under Section 38 (J), Mischief of killing or maiming of animals of any value
above ten rupees. This includes bulls, oxen, horses, mules, camels etc. Seeing
the protest, fellow PAWS volunteers Kedar Marathe, Prasad Phadke & Saurabh
Chougule rushed to Bazar Peth Police station to lodge a FIR.
In the interim the situation got out of hands when a tempo forcibly picked
up one of the calves and strangled it to death in front of the whole team.
They physically assaulted Parinita Joshi and Manasi Bhanage out of the whole
group and assaulted the women just to show that they are capable of going to
any extent. In the midst of this entire thing, a couple of uniformed
policemen watched the whole thing as silent spectators. When by-passers
asked them to intervene, both constables simply gave a lame excuse saying
this area doesn�t come under their jurisdiction & for the sake of humanity
they are controlling the mob. A FIR has been lodged with Bazaar Peth police
station, Kalyan and they are on the job to nab the culprits who assaulted
these 2 women and fled the scene. In all the seen the both calves & their so
called owners disappeared as mob gathered. 2 person also came on moped and
scared PAWS volunteers that they will see the volunteers outside, The moped
number noted & NC also made against unidentified people on moped.
The question arises, what calves were doing outsides the slaughterhouse if
they are owned? Why the calves are strayed? Why the calves got injures on
their bodies & found in paralyzed condition. Some people gathered & claimed
calves when PAWS ambulances reached spot to picked paralyzed calf, how the
pet calves are roaming on road. (Abandoning Pet animal is cruelty under
Prevention of cruelty to animals Act 1960undersection 11). Under Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 Animals in tempos not allowed then how the
calves being forcefully put in tempo.
Mr. Nilesh Bhanage founder of PAWS, said �We will submit all the papers, FIR
copies to district collector who is head of �Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Committee� in Thane District with request to take strong steps
against illegal transport of animals.�
This incident goes into show how safe women and animals are in our society.
For more details call
Manasi Bhanage - 9820161114 - Trustee PAWS
Bazar Peth Police Station, Kalyan - 0251-2204167 / 2212222
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