Court asks police to probe cruelty against elephants at Amer

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Amer on Thursday gave the order on a complaint filed by Gauri Maulekhi, Trustee, People for Animals, and Government Liaison for Humane Society International, India. 

jaipur Updated: Jun 01, 2018 22:17 IST
Urvashi Dev Rawal
Urvashi Dev Rawal
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan news
The complaint filed by Maulekhi sought to provide relief to the elephants under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, said Umang Gupta, counsel for Maulekhi.(ht file (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE))

A local court in Jaipur has directed the police department to conduct a probe into cruelty against elephants that are used as a tourist attraction at the Amer Fort in Jaipur.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Amer on Thursday gave the order on a complaint filed by Gauri Maulekhi, Trustee, People for Animals, and Government Liaison for Humane Society International, India.

The complaint filed by Maulekhi sought to provide relief to the elephants under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, said Umang Gupta, counsel for Maulekhi.

Gupta said the complaint points to a report by the Animal Welfare Board of India which has conducted investigations in the past on the dismal plight of the elephants and the conditions in which they have to work. Gupta said the elephants have not been given permission for joyrides by the Board.

In the complaint, Maulekhi said that there are approximately 103 elephants carry tourists up and down a steep slope at the Amer Fort. The elephants suffer from the blows of the ankush or bullhook, which is prohibited, and from beating, kicking, tethering, and insufficient diet and inadequate medical care. She said they are housed in Haathi Gaon, a concrete housing structure around, four km away from Amer.

Jayasimha, the managing director of Humane Society International said they had got a copy of the court order on Friday. “We welcome the court order. We had approached police in the matter two months ago but police did not file a complaint so we field a private complaint in court under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.”

He said based on their complaint, the court has asked police to submit an investigation report to the court and if the investigation finds the complaint valid, then to file an FIR against the owners of the elephants. The police have to submit the report on 90 days, he said.

First Published: Jun 01, 2018 22:17 IST