`Municipal bodies have to end dog menace under KMC Act' `Media reports show that no steps were taken on the issue'
BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) on Friday took serious note of the stray dog menace in Bangalore and the mauling to death of five-year-old Manjunath by a pack of 15 dogs and wrote to the Registrar of the Karnataka High Court requesting him to place the letter before the Chief Justice.
In its letter, the authority said reports in the media had stated that Manjunath was playing hide and seek with his friends when he was attacked by the stray dogs in BEML Quarters in C.V. Raman Nagar.
The letter, referring to reports of the Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and BEML blaming each other, said the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act of 1976 had placed certain obligatory functions on municipal corporations.
It said Section 58 pertained to the "destruction of birds or animals causing nuisance, or vermin and confinement or destruction of stray or ownerless dogs".
These provisions "operate against statutory bodies regardless of the cash in their coffers even as human rights under Part 3 of the Constitution has to be respected by the State."
The letter said the media reports had indicated that no steps had been taken by the corporation under sub-section 12 of Section 58 of the Act about stray or ownerless dogs. This, it said, had led to the loss of two lives and injuries to many.
The letter said the KSLSA had requested senior advocate K. Kasturi to submit arguments on its behalf before the High Court.