New Delhi, 20 November
Around 25 students and staff members, suspected to be from Don Bosco Technical Institute in southeast Delhi, allegedly ganged up on a pregnant street dog and bludgeoned her to death after torturing her, officials said.
After the video of the gruesome killing that happened in a park surfaced on social media, New Friends Colony Police registered an FIR in the matter.
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According to the complaint, two brothers from the institute had also arrived under instructions from the senior staff.
The shocking video shows an all-male gang of students taming the frightened dog in a tin shed on the institute’s campus, which enters a student with a rod in hand, and the remaining students tackle him from outside, they said.
The 15-minute-long video with gruesome visuals of the torture and killing of the animal went viral on Saturday with activists and dog lovers seeking strict action against the accused, suspected to be students of the institute located in Okhla.
Later, one of the crowd members could be seen dragging the dog through what was reported to be the college compound.
The horrific act came within days of another such video from Ghaziabad, which showed three men killing a dog by hanging it in a grotesque manner. The accused in the incident were booked in a case by police following a complaint.
“It is appalling to see such brutality by young students who can be seen laughing as they beat an expectant mother to death,” said Ambika Shukla, Trustee, PFA.
Scientific studies have shown that cruelty to animals is dangerous because it escalates to violence against women and children, she said.
“Over time, the high of abusing a defenseless animal dissipates and to impose their power, such abusers, then prey on women and children,” she said.
Shukla said there are enough studies showing an overlap between animal abuse and domestic violence and child abuse.
“Animal abusers of today are the serial killers of tomorrow. That is why it is so important for society to take serious note of every instance of animal abuse.
“The boys must be removed from the college and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The institution must be severely punished because not only its students but also its staff are involved,” she said.