Srinagar, November 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the right of a dog to life is safeguarded legally more than a human being.
Under the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), any commissioned officer, warrant officer, non-commissioned officer or any other person of equivalent rank in the Indian army can fire upon and use force, even to the causing of death, against any person on mere suspicion.
On the contrary, the Municipal Act regarding Regulation of Animal Birth prohibits any employee or officer of the Municipal Corporation from killing a dog, even if it is wreaking havoc against civilian population, unless a high-power committee sanctions its death after a thorough probe, reported a Srinagar-based English daily.
The committee of the Municipal Corporation is to decide upon the fate of an ‘outlaw’ dog in occupied Kashmir comprises its Commissioner, Health Officer, a representative of the Animal Welfare Department, Municipal Veterinary Doctor, a representative of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and representatives from the Public Health Department. It is this high-powered committee that can decide on catching, transportation, sheltering, sterilization and vaccination of dogs.
On the other hand, the black law, AFSPA, empowers Indian troops to shoot and arrest without warrant any person even on suspicion while the Municipal Act ensure that no dog, even rabid and dangerous one, cannot be arrested by violating their rights. “The dogs shall be captured by using humane methods such as soft-loop animal catchers like those prescribed under the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty (Capture of Animals) Rules, 1979,” say the Municipal laws.