A 21-year-old man, who abused a stray dog and then shared a video of his act on Facebook, has been identified and arrested from Vivek Vihar in east Delhi.
Rahul Kumar, a resident of Janta Colony in Shahdara, was arrested on Monday after activists brought the brutal video, which went viral on the internet, to the attention of police and registered a complaint.
The brief video shows the man grabbing the dog’s hind legs and whirling the animal round several times before flinging it against a parked vehicle nearby. The dog can be heard whimpering.
HT had reported the matter on Sunday, after Delhi-based lawyer and columnist Shehzad Poonawalla wrote to police commissioner BS Bassi and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, demanding action against the man.
In his letter to Bassi, Poonawalla highlighted how the act captured in the video constituted an offence under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.
Poonawalla informed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal about the video. He also spoke to Facebook’s management and Union minister Maneka Gandhi, a leading animal rights activist, about the issue.
Jung sent a message to Poonawalla on Monday that said: “I will try and trace the person…and make sure he remembers this incident all his life.”
One of Kumar’s friends, who made the video, gave his number and address to Saurabh Gupta, an activist from People for Animals, and the complainant in the case. Gupta then informed police about his identity, media reports said.
The report said Kumar was booked under the IPC and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.