New Delhi, November 20th
Around 25 students and staff believed to be from the Don Bosco Technical Institute in southeast Delhi allegedly conspired against a pregnant street dog and beat her to death after torturing her, officials said.
After video of the gruesome murder at a park surfaced on social media, the New Friends Colony Police registered an FIR on the matter.
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According to the advertisement, two brothers from the institute were also present on the instructions of the senior staff.
The disturbing video shows an all-male student gang cornering the frightened dog in a tin shed on the institute’s campus, which a student enters with a rod in hand, and the remaining students goading him from the outside, they said .
The 15-minute video, which included horrific images of the animal’s torture and killing, went viral on Saturday, with activists and dog lovers calling for strict action against the defendants, who are suspected to be students at the Okhla institute.
Later, one of the bystanders was seen dragging the dog around the alleged college grounds.
The gruesome act emerged within days of another video of this nature from Ghaziabad showing three people killing a dog by hanging it in a grotesque manner. The suspects in this incident were referred to a case by police after a complaint was made.
“It is appalling to see such brutality by young students who can be seen laughing while beating an expectant mother to death,” said Ambika Shukla, Trustee, PFA.
Scientific studies have shown that animal cruelty is dangerous because it escalates into violence against women and children, she said.
“Over time, the exhilaration of abusing a defenseless animal wears off, and such abusers then prey on women and children to impose their power,” she said.
Shukla said there are numerous studies showing an overlap between animal cruelty and domestic violence and child abuse.
“Today’s animal abusers are tomorrow’s serial killers. This is why it is so important that society takes every instance of animal cruelty seriously.
“These boys must be removed from 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.