CHENNAI: Two medicos, who had flung a mongrel off the third floor of a building in Chennai in June and filmed the act, shall pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the Animal Welfare Board of India, the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University has ruled.
After the video went viral, activists traced the injured animal, named it Bhadra and provided it treatment.
The dog became a celebrity of sorts with support, outrage and assistance pouring in from all across the world. Due to pressure from activists, police registered a case and launched search for two medicos identified as Gautam Sudarshan and Ashish Paul of Madha Medical College.
After the duo appeared before police and then let off on bail, Bhadra’s rescuers moved the high court seeking compensation for the animal, medical care and punishment for the medicos, who should be subjected to psycho-analysis.
On the orders of the high court, Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University constituted a four-member team to go into the issue and arrive at a compensation package.
The committee has decided to impose Rs 2 lakh each on the duo, said vice-chancellor Dr S Geethalakshmi. “As directed by the Madras high court, a committee was formed by the university to decide on the quantum of penalty amount to be paid by each student to the Animal Welfare Board. After taking into consideration the reality of offence, the committee has decided that Rs 2 lakh should be paid by each of them to the board,” the committee said in its report filed in the high court.
The committee comprised Dr S V Senthilnathan, dean of students, Dr Parameswari, controller of examination, G Kannabiran, law officer and the registrar.
News Source: TOI