Rupali Suri (25) is determined to seek action against policemen of Dadar police station who she alleged treated her like a criminal and detained her for over three hours because her pet pug urinated on the staircase of her building.
She lives in a ground floor flat in Vitthal Niwas building at Prabhadevi. On Tuesday, Suri wrote to the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Zone V and also lodged a complaint on the police commissioner’s website — www.copconnect.in — demanding action against the errant police officers.
“I am not going to take this lying down. Something needs to be done as this is a social issue and I do not want others to suffer police harassment for such small things when there are much bigger problems that needs to be addressed by the police,” said Suri.
On Saturday, Suri’s four-year-old pet pug, Don urinated in the stairs.
“I immediately cleaned it with disinfectant,” said Suri, who lives her with her grandmother, mother and two younger sisters.
An hour later, she said, two policemen, including a woman constable, came to her house and asked her to accompany them to the police station saying a resident of the building had complained about her dog littering the premises.
She was let off after paying a fine of Rs 1,200 and was told to fight the matter in court. “My mother was not keeping well and had to skip the court date,” said Suri.
“I was asked to go to the Bhoiwada court between 8 am to 10 am on Monday. I reached the court at 9 am on Tuesday but was told that my name had been announced 30 minutes before,” said Suri.
When she asked what sections was she charged under, the court clerk told her that she had been charged under the Bombay Police Act for causing public nuisance. “Don urinates in the house and has never before littered on the building premises. This time too I had cleaned the mess even before anybody telling me,” claimed Suri.
Animal activists said the action against her was not justified and the matter did not fall under police jurisdiction as the pug had urinated in a private building and not on a public street. They said the BMC Act of 2005 states that in such cases the society should first issue a notice to the member and if warnings go unheeded, inform the BMC.
The BMC fine in such cases is usually Rs 500. “We could help Suri in explaining the law to the police,” said Abodh Aras, a stray dog activist.