The Karnataka Police Department has tightened its teeth around animal rights in the city as, from now, ACP-ranked officials will be in charge of animal cruelty cases.
Why it matters: In the last few months, incidents of animal cruelty have been rising in the city. Seeing that the prevention of such atrocities needs cooperation from law enforcement, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Command Centre) passed the order.
- What’s in it: As per the official notice, anybody can report a case of animal cruelty by dialling 112. Once the complaint is received, the Emergency Response Support System will get to the location of the crime in 15 minutes. A local police inspector will then file an FIR, and nodal officers – the ACPs – will take further action and administrative decisions on it.
Praise for the system: Animal activists have gladly welcomed this decision. According to them, it used to be very difficult to file cases before as there wasn’t any dedicated officer appointed to animal rights. The new changes have been described as a “game-changer”.