Hyderabad: In a rare case, Hyderabad police has booked a couple as their 12-year-old son, was reportedly found begging with the help of a baby monkey, at Uppal X Road. The Uppal police on Wednesday registered the case acting upon a complaint filed by Ms Pravallika Nagaram, Founder and Chairperson of Compassionate Society for Animals. She alleged that the boy’s parents had forced their son into begging.

The Uppal police officials have handed over the case to Uppal’s forest division since the crime involves an animal. The forest department booked the boys’ parents under Section 22 (ii) of the Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals Act, 1960. As per the law, under schedule 4 of the wildlife act, monkeys cannot be treated as a domestic pet, nor should they be trained for entertainment purposes. Besides booking the case, the forest department officials have imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the boys’ parents. The baby monkey will be released into Chengicherla reserve forest, the officials said.

The boy nor his parents have not disclosed how they got the monkey.

Activist, Pravallika also informed child helpline, following which official from Medchal district counselled the boy and his parents, to pursue education. The officials came forward to sponsor the education of the son. However, the parents didn’t agree to the offer, said Pravallika .

Pravallika says, “Treating monkey as a domestic pet is a violation as per the wildlife act, nor can they be used for begging and other entertainment purposes.

Across India, it has been a tradition to use monkeys in street performances. The apes are trained to entertain people, and street artists use them as a source of income. Pravallika says, “People should know that monkeys, whether adults or children, cannot be kept as pets. They cannot be used for any begging or entertainment purpose as well.”


Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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