A 65-year-old woman, Sheeluamma, was killed by 15 stray dogs at a sea shore near the state secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday night. She suffered dog bites all over her body and succumbed to injuries on her way to hospital. The dogs also attacked the local people who tried to rescue the woman by chasing them away. Siluvamma's son Selvan, who was also attacked by the dogs while trying to rescue his mother, escaped by jumping into the sea.
According to the daughter-in-law of the victim, Sheeluamma went to the seafront to use a toilet there and did not return for quite some time. When her son went to look for her, he witnessed his mother being torn up by the hungry canines. Her family and residents of the area were angry as they waited outside the state-run hospital to collect her body. They have blamed city authorities for inaction against the stray menace.
Barely an hour later, in a second attack Daisy, 50, was critically injured on the seafront. Daisy's daughter Pathrosi said, "We were shocked to see both her hands bitten at several places by these dogs. Her condition was very serious when we brought her to the hospital."
"What sort of law do we have in our country. We are not going to take this again and we know what to do. We waited all this while to see if the authorities would do anything, but they say to us that cases would be registered against us if we try to eliminate dogs," said angry residents waiting in front of the home of the deceased.
"We have lost all our patience as the authorities are hanging on to some obscure law which says dogs cannot be eliminated. Are we inferior to these dogs," asked a group of angry residents in Pulluvilla. The area near the airport is the worst affected by the stray menace in this coastal village, the residents said.
The residents of the coastal village have lashed out at Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi for her sympathy towards strays.