In an incident that can truly be labelled ‘Pune Horror’, an 11-year-old boy was rescued after being confined with 20 stray dogs. 4 dog carcasses were also found from the location. Following the rescue, the police have filed an FIR against the boy’s parents for keeping the boy confined with strays in apartment with several dogs.
According to reports, the incident was brought to the fore when a local in Kondhwa noticed the boy kept in heart-breaking condition. The resident then took to an NGO called Dnyan Devi Childline. The locals told the NGO officials that they often saw the boy sitting next to the apartment window, and appeared mentally disturbed.
The activists of the NGO went to the location and entered the apartment to be shocked and horrified. They found the boy confined in the apartment with a foul stench emanating from the apartment. They also found carcasses of four dogs and the apartment’s condition was so horrible that even animal faeces were not put out.
Reportedly, the boy was kept in the unsanitary and inhumane conditions for almost two years which resulted in his behavioural changes. The boy was also removed from school as he had started acting like dogs.
The Facts of the Matter
How far can one’s love for pets go? How less could parents care for their child? Recently, an incident from Pune is the shocking intersection of the aforementioned questions. Parents of an 11-year-old boy have been booked by the police for keeping their son confined in an apartment filled with 22 stray dogs for a period of two years.
Locals Find Child in Distressing Environment
According to reports, the locals in Kondhwa, Pune were first to notice the boy’s condition. The locals alerted an NGO called Dnyan Devi Childline. They also told the NGO that they used to spot the boy often sitting near the apartment window and appearing to be mentally disturbed.
Soon, the activists from the NGO reached the spot and found the door of the apartment locked from the outside with the 11-year-old boy and 22 strays inside. The NGO involved the police, who were initially reluctant to break open the door, it is reported.
Police Reluctant to File Complaint
Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe of Dnyan Devi Childline was quoted in an Indian Express report saying, “Our activist spoke with the parents of the boy when they returned and repeatedly sought help from the police to rescue the child. We were finally able to rescue him, but the police did not want to lodge a complaint in the matter.”
4 carcasses of Dogs Found
According to the NGO officials, Child Welfare Committee was roped in the matter and only after intervention of CWC officials did the police file an FIR against the parents. Reportedly, the boy was kept in extremely unsanitary conditions. Four carcasses of dogs were also found in the apartment.
Child Started Acting Like Dogs
It should be noted that due to being confined with strays for almost two years, the child’s behavioural development has been reported to have been impacted. The child’s schooling was also stopped after he had started acting like dogs.
Meanwhile, the father of the 11-year-old boy used to run a shop and his mother is a graduate. For now, a case against the parents has been registered under multiple sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. No arrests have been made so far.