Vrindavan, 30th November, 2018: Concerned with the alarming growth of the monkey population, destroying the trees, killing the peacocks and wrecking havoc on humans, a legal notice was served to the Municipal Corporation. It gave 30 days notice to address the issue before taking the matter to the appropriate court.
Advocate Akash Vashishtha, has served the legal notice on behalf of the Shri Purushottam Sharma, who was appointed as the coordinator of the BVHA to deal with the monkey menace.
The notice claimed that the population of monkeys in Vrindavan Municipal area has exploded formidably over last several years. The rise in the numbers of monkeys across Vrindavan is to such an extent that their numbers have grown the human population of the town and no street, building or area exists where they are not observed.
The notice says that because of their uncontrolled rise in population, several cases of human – monkey conflicts are reported every day from different parts of the town. The simian by virtue of their inherent behavior terrorize people, both locals as well as the pilgrims. There have been many cases of monkey bites in last few weeks. The elders and children are frequently attacked by the monkeys and it has caused death several times.
It further blamed that every day the monkeys snatch articles such as spectacles, purses, mobile phones, bags and eatable from scores of pilgrims / religious tourists in and around temples. Organisms of this animal group imitate this practice from other monkeys, adopting the same behavior or snatching items from human possession, posing a grave situation.
It contended that the pilgrims can’t even enter several temples because of monkeys blocking the entries of such premises in sizeable numbers. The new saplings planted either by public agencies or by group of individuals, are not allowed to grow by the havoc – wreaking monkeys. The destruction by monkeys is a major cause of the loss of green cover of Vrindavan, which is aiding the pollution in the city on account of rising inflow of vehicles of tourists.
The shrinking green habitat in Vrindavan and absence of feed materials were cited as the reason for the monkeys are getting starved, resulting the monkeys to attack the humans and snatch their belongings out of hunger.
There have been several instances where monkeys have even killed peacocks, which are natural and revered bird in the ethos of Braj, thereby destroying the delicate micro ecological balance. It has blamed the municipal corporation for its inaction, which abets to cruelty on the monkeys.
It should be noted that the Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance decided to legally contest the monkey menace. The meeting was organized at Jagannath Ghat , where Shri Purushottam Sharma was appointed as the coordinator to tackle the monkey issue.
Talking to the ‘Vrindavan Today’, Shri Purushottam Sharma said, “We want sterilization and rehabilitation of the monkeys in the Vraja forests. We don’t want their displacement out side Vraja.”