Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Agra Activists Seek Removal Of Monkeys From Protected List

Agra Activists Seek Removal Of Monkeys From Protected List

The baby died of his injuries at a local hospital.

The infant's mother was breastfeeding him at home in the city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed him.

"The monkey bit the infant's head and only dropped him when people chased it with sticks and threw stones at it", Ajay Kaushal, the officer in charge at the nearby police station, told Reuters.

Dhirendra Jumas, the baby's uncle, told the BBC the family was heartbroken and the baby's mother is distraught.

Neighbours said frantic efforts to lure the monkey with edibles to release the baby did not bear fruits as the mischievous animal firmly clung on the newborn with its claws.

They also passed a resolution at the meeting, demanding adequate compensation to victims of monkey attacks. The incident took place in Kachhara Thok colony of Runkata area when the victim's mother was feeding the baby.

Two months earlier, a toddler was attacked by monkeys and is recovering in hospital, while in May two tourists were attacked at the Taj Mahal, the city's most famous landmark.

It is high time that the monkeys should be removed from the protected species list under the Wild Life Act, 1972, he said. "Monkey attacks have become so frequent that women and children are reluctant to move around freely", he said.

Local environmental activist Shravan Kumar Singh said monkeys were becoming increasingly aggressive as they had been displaced from natural habitats, destroyed by the expanding city.

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