Concerned over increasing complaints of dog bites, the Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the Delhi government and three municipal corporations to furnish details on the steps being taken to control the stray dog population and ensure ready availability of anti-rabies vaccination in hospitals.
Issuing notice to the government and the three corporations, a bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Vibhu Bakhru also sought status of the sterilization programme for controlling the number of stray canines. The replies have been sought by October 23.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by a lawyer SK Singh which accused authorities of not taking enough steps to curb the menace. Citing various survey and newspaper reports, he said at least 500 dog bites were reported daily. He said North Delhi Municipal Corporation itself admitted 4,388 cases this year while South and East corporation reported 2,195 and 1,400 cases each respectively.
He also referred to reports of dogs biting 25 people within a span of a month recently inside the AIIMS campus. Two resident doctors and a senior doctor's wife were among the victims. As per the latest MCD survey, there are 3.6 lakh stray dogs in Delhi. Their sex ratio is 51:49 (1,84,000 male and 1,28,000 female dogs). However only half of them are sterilized.
"Let a detailed affidavit be filed on what steps the Delhi government and three corporations are taking to control the stray dog population. It shall also state the status of availability of anti-rabies vaccine in hospitals across Delhi", the bench said.When lawyer for North corporation said sterilization of stray dogs were being actively done, the bench asked "that can only control the number of future stray dogs but what is being done at present to control dog bites?"