Court gives clean chit to dog accused of breaching peace!

August 6th, 2008 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

Patna, Aug 5 (IANS) This dog has finally has its day as a Bihar court gave a clean chit to Chhotu, a widow’s pet dog, after some neighbours had complained it was creating trouble in the neighbourhood. The court of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in Purnea district, about 300 km from here, made it clear in its order that dog was not mad and its behaviour was also not violent.

“The SDM observed the dog’s activities and behaviour and concluded that it was neither mad nor violent as alleged in a police report,” said Dilip Kumar Deepak, a lawyer who helped dog owner Rajkumari Devi, a childless widow living alone with only the pet animal in her house.

The dog itself, along with Rajkumari Devi, appeared in the court Tuesday for second time within a fortnight.

Last month some of Rajkumari Devi’s neighbours complained that eight-year-old Chhotu was a mad dog and it had attacked and bitten several people. A case was lodged in a local court by a neighbour, Jagdish Das.

The police in their report to the court said the dog was violent and dangerous to peace of society.

Dilip said that in July the SDM court issued a summons to Rajkumari Devi to be present in the court along with her pet. “The court was compelled to issue a summons also to the dog in view of the police report,” he said.

For Rajkumari Devi and Chhotu, it was not the first time they had a victory over neighbours.

Nearly five years ago, a local court had sentenced the dog to death but she fought a legal battle and mobilised the support of animal rights activists, including former central minister Maneka Gandhi.

The order was finally stayed, saving her pet’s life.

“I simply begged for clemency saying that being a widow, it was my only companion and protector. If the dog had been killed, I would have been left with no one to protect me from miscreants who were bent upon grabbing my property,” she had said.

“My dog is everything for me. Chhotu is like my father, mother, brother and friend. It takes care of and protects me. I will not allow people to separate me from Chhotu,” said Rajkumari, a frail woman clad a soiled sari.

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