Chandigarh: The incidents of dog bites are increasing day by day. In some states of the country, municipal corporations have issued strict guidelines for dog owners. The increasing number of stray dogs also remains a problem. The efforts being made by the municipal corporations to control the increasing number of stray dogs are proving inadequate. Meanwhile, the Punjab-Haryana High Court has issued an order directing compensation to the victims of dog bites.
Court expressed concern over increasing cases of dog bites
According to this instruction, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana will now have to pay compensation to dog bite victims. Justice Vinod S. Bhardwaj’s bench issued this direction while disposing of the petitions related to dog bite. Along with this, the High Court has also expressed concern over the road accidents caused by animals and increasing cases of dog bites.
Committees will be formed to determine compensation
According to the instructions of the High Court, in cases related to dog bite, the victims will be given a minimum compensation of Rs 10,000 for each tooth mark. The High Court has asked the states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as Chandigarh, to form committees to determine such compensation. These committees will be formed under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts.
Dog bite complaints should be registered in DDR – High Court
If a dog scratches the flesh of a complainant, the minimum compensation for every 0.2 cm wound will be Rs 20,000. The High Court has issued this instruction while disposing of 193 petitions. Punjab-Haryana High Court has also instructed the police to file DDR (Daily Diary Report) on receiving the complaint. As per the order issued by the High Court, on receipt of complaint regarding any incident or accident caused by animals (stray/feral/pet), the SHO of the concerned police station will have to file a daily diary report without any undue delay.
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