A 7-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs at a park near Railway Colony in Warangal-Kazipet area of Telangana on Tuesday.
The child, identified as Chotu, is the son of migrants from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh who sell small items on the roadside.
Chotu was playing in the park when he was attacked by the dogs. One dog reportedly caught the boy by his neck. He suffered injuries all over his body and was taken to MGM Hospital but could not be saved.
Warangal West MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar and the city’s mayor Gunda Prakash Rao visited the family of the child and offered them financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh.
Mr Bhaskar told String Reveals that the dog menace has become a big challenge and that he was studying the Supreme Court order on stray dogs. He said that the order may be proving a hindrance to ensuring the safety of children and the public.
The Supreme Court had in November stayed an order of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court restraining dog feeders from adopting dogs and creating a public nuisance. The top court said that the Nagpur Municipal Corporation must demarcate areas where street dogs could be fed.
There have been multiple incidents of stray dog bites and attacks reported in recent weeks. In the last week of April, just in Hanumakonda, 29 incidents of attacks on children and adults were reported.
In March, an attack on a 6-year-old child was reported in Kushibagga area of Warangal. Both locals and the migrants are demanding a solution to the problem, so children and others are not endangered by stray dogs.
In February, a 5-year-old was mauled to death by a pack of strays in Amberpet area of Hyderabad.
The authorities have said that they are taking steps to control the stray dog population, but locals say that more needs to be done.