A video of an animal rescue worker sharing details of a bloody ordeal at the hands of local residents has become viral on social media. In the clip, Ayesha Christina, the woman who runs Delhi-based NGO Neighbourhood Woof, claims that she and her fellow staff members were attacked by the mob for helping local street dogs.
The Delhi Police has filed a case against the residents under sections 323, 341, 506, and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), according to report. The matter is currently under investigation.
Neighborhood Woof volunteers Ayesha & her team who have done so much for animals were beaten up yesterday. Ayesha stands bleeding at Police Station & they refuse to register an FIR. @DelhiPolice please take cognizance of this crime & register this FIR pic.twitter.com/jP0Lbc2A27— Naima (@naimakg_) July 4, 2020
“In view of late-night hours, local residents enquired about their identities on which heated argument started and a scuffle happened between them. Thereafter, when the people from the NGO tried to flee from the spot in their car, three local residents were hit by their car and got some minor injuries," the police said in a statement on Saturday.
The incident is reported to have taken place on Friday, in Delhi’s Rani Bagh area.
"I am standing at Azadpur Police Station. We have just been beaten up while catching dogs. Someone came and spoke to our staff badly. We are supposed to shut up and take this nonsense all the time. When we decided to stand up, and for our voices to be heard, this is what is done to us,” Ayesha, Founder of the animal care NGO, narrated in a video shot at the Azadpur Police Station in Delhi.
"This is Vipin's state, this is Abhishek's state, and this is Deepak's state," she continued, panning the camera and offering a glimpse of the injuries her colleagues had endured.
"This is now routine in our country. This is what we have become used to dealing with. It's nothing new, this is what happens all the time," she added, after showing a glimpse of the damages done to their car.
Since sharing, this video has been widely circulated on the internet, drawing strong reactions from all corners, including Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal.
“It’s so shameful that a girl, who has been working for the voiceless creatures of god, was assaulted so brutally! DCW team was in constant touch with her and an FIR has finally been registered. We will ensure strongest action,” Swati tweeted.
Its so shameful that a girl who has been working for the voiceless creatures of god was assaulted so brutally!— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 4, 2020
DCW team was in constant touch with her and an FIR has finally been registered. We will ensure strongest action. https://t.co/zpPZFEt62J
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)