The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday opined that the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) should have some provision in its policy to compensate the victims of stray dog bites.
However, before issuing any final order, justice Rajan Gupta directed municipal commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, who was present in the court, to clear his stand on the issue by Thursday.
The MC would also have to answer court’s earlier query on Thursday as to whether it could come up with shelters for stray dogs.
The court was hearing a petition filed by city resident Gurmukh Singh, highlighting the stray dog menace in the city and seeking proper mechanism to deal with the nuisance so that city residents were not harassed.
During the arguments of the case, petitioner’s counsel Kunal Mulwani informed the court that though there was a provision to compensate the victims of pet dogs’ bite by the owner of the dog, but MC had no policy to provide compensation to the victims of stray dog bites.
The counsel requested the court that there should be a provision and the MC should be made liable to compensate the victims by stray dogs.
The petitioner’s counsel also informed the court that the MC even did not had its own dog pounds and was dependent on the non-government organisations (NGOs) for it.
The court was also informed that even the MC officials deployed to catch stray dogs for sterilisation or treatment were not following the laid down procedure by the civic body itself and catch the dogs in an inhuman manner.
On the last date of hearing, MC joint commissioner Rajiv Kumar Gupta had informed the court that in the past 15 months, around 8,199 cases of dog bites were reported in the city. Also, a total number of 6,948 dogs were sterilised and vaccinated against rabies in the past five years.