Saturday, April 28, 2018

Happy Birthday Beta

Today (28th April 2018) my son turned 20 and what a despicable start to his adventurous 20s!! He was brutally attacked by a stray dog right outside our home - the very building where he has spent more than half his life.

His fault? He was walking towards the wicket gate where his friends were waiting to wish him. He was bitten twice from behind without any provocation. He has identified the culprit as a black dog (the guardians of these strays would be knowing its name). We spent the opening hours of his new decade at hospital, getting him treated for the dog bites (we got back around 1:30 am). All his friends who called to wish him, were shocked to learn that he was at hospital, getting treated for dog bites! Understand the young man's plight - he has his final degree exams commencing from Wednesday and at this last and crucial stage of his education, he has been traumatized by this attack.

As everyone is aware, this is not the first time that such an incident has taken place within R2 sector, and many of the victims have been attacked in or around the front of Frangipani entrance. Most of the times, the victims have shied from taking any action, may be out of fear of the so-called guardians of these strays who terrorize law abiding citizens with threatening letters from outsiders.

It is disgraceful that we are not safe within our own complex. We have a right to live with dignity and without fear, not having to look over our shoulder every time we step out. I have an obligation to protect my family, more so my aged parents. And I would be failing in my duty if I kept quiet over this issue and did nothing.  I am not content by just posting this information and waiting for someone else to address this burning issue - I intent to initiate necessary action to enforce my right to a peaceful life. It will help if past victims and others joined the cause, but even if they don't, it will not deter me. I know I may not succeed immediately and it could be a long-drawn battle, but I am prepared for the struggle to find a solution to the vexing problem of these savage stray dogs.

Ravinder Singh
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