Canine City

The disturbingly increasing number of dogs has caused a threatening situation in the capital city of Srinagar. Scores of children, young and old during the past couple of weeks have been victim of prowling dogs. Some nerve-racking reports about dog bites causing deaths and seriously wounding children has caused worrisome  situation and many parents hesitate to send their children to schools.  The failure of administration to control canine population has made people believe that  the phrase goes it is a   “wicked problem”, which because of lackadaisical attitude of authorities has been resisting a solution. The statistics belies all the claims made by gullible executives about initiatives taken for checking the dog menace in the city and other parts of the province.  At least 20 persons have died of rabies in the past five years and 80000 cases of dog bites reported in the Kashmir province during this period. From about, six thousand people suffering dog bites in 2008, the number in 2012  shot up to about 23000, almost  four times increase during  four years. The number of victims dog menace   is far higher than those recorded in Srinagar hospitals or at anti-rabies centers as many get the bites treated locally. Some experts have come up with alarming reports that if dog population continues to increase at the same rate the number is expected touch a colossal figure of two million by year 2015, as against a population of 1.4 million humans- an alarming situation. In the wake of lot of pressure from the civil society and direction from the state human right commission and the High Court, the administration amidst a lot of fanfare and rhetoric announced that it was starting a massive dog sterilization program. So far, it has been a big failure. Instead of following the standards recommended by the WHO that call for sterilizations of seventy percent of dogs in first three months the rate of sterilization of dogs was ten per day perhaps that too has been now abandoned. True, no fresh census of dogs has been carried out but the very presence of stray dogs on streets suggests that the number during the past one year has gone up. The dog menace is   as dangerous in the state as the dengue fever caused by mosquitoes in other parts of the country. The state government besides  controlling dog population programs on fast tracks needs exploring possibility of getting an ordinance issued by President of India allowing controlling dog population as that of rodents damaging the crops and mosquitoes endangering people’s life. 

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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