Last Thursday, in the small village of Tikri in Uttar Pradesh, India, 72-year old Dharampal Singh was collecting pieces of dry wood before he met his end at the hands of a group of vindictive primates.
According to a news report from the Times of India, the monkeys stood atop a tree, pelting the old man with bricks they had collected from an abandoned building. Unfortunately, the head injuries he suffered proved to be lethal and he passed away at Tikri’s local hospital.
Dharampal’s family has lodged a formal complaint and requested the monkeys be brought to justice for their crimes. The police maintained there was no real ‘intent’ on the part of the primates, and declared the ordeal an “accident”.
Unsatisfied with the police response, Singh’s family took their complaints to higher state and public authorities. According the deceased’s brother Krishnapal, there needs to be some repercussions for criminal primates such as these.
“Monkeys threw more than 20 bricks at Dharampal on Thursday. He was hit on the head, chest and legs. Thrown from quite a height, the bricks were enough to kill him. These rogue monkeys are the real culprits and must pay for it. We have given a written complaint against monkeys but police didn’t seem to be convinced though to convert them into a FIR.”
Chitwan Singh, a local station officer balked at such requests and said:
“How can we register the case against monkeys? This will make us a laughing stock.”
Primate crime has become an epidemic in some towns and villages across the country. Earlier this year in the northwestern state of Gujarat, monkeys began to attack civilians on a daily basis, prompting many to believe that they had to. Some of the brutal tactics by these monkey’s was caught on tape. A clip even shows one of the villages’ monkeys tackling a motorcyclist going for a spin.
This epidemic reached further heights due to an incident in March of this year, when a monkey entered a house in Talabasta, Orissa and kidnapped a baby and dropped it in a well. It’s reported that the baby died of asphyxia due to drowning.
It may be difficult for human residents to properly stifle the primate threat. In a nation where monkeys are sacred to the majority Hindu (80%) of the population, any violent retaliation will not be received well by much of the public. Any attempts to exterminate the feral primates will result in mass protests across the country from religious organizations to animal-rights groups. Regional forest departments often investigate ways in which they can catch the wild monkeys to stop them from reeking further havoc in the community. But there’s just too many of them.
Bheema Kashyap, another local resident of Singh’s hometown, lamented the current state of affairs:
“The attack on Dharanpal could be the worst case but monkeys have made life difficult for villagers here and there don’t seen to be any solution in sight.”
It seems as though the apes are putting up a strong fight.