Delhi High Court Issues Notice in Case of Senior Citizen Obstructed from Feeding Stray Dogs

In a heartening display of compassion and advocacy, a senior citizen woman, Mala Tuli, has taken a stand against the obstruction she faced while feeding stray dogs and cats. Approaching the Delhi High Court with her plea, she seeks a direction to allow her to continue her noble act of feeding and caring for these vulnerable animals. The court’s response, issuing a notice to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and other concerned authorities, marks a significant step in ensuring the rights and well-being of stray animals and their caregivers.

The plea, filed through advocates Nirbhay Kumar, Nishant Mandal, Abhay, and Divya Jaiswal, highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Mala Tuli in her altruistic endeavors. Despite dedicating 16 years to feeding and sterilizing stray dogs in her locality, she has been met with opposition and obstruction, particularly from the local Resident Welfare Association (RWA) and security guards. This obstruction has escalated to mental harassment, with the RWA enforcing unsaid rules against feeding stray animals and pressurizing security guards to drive them away forcefully.

Mala Tuli’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of these animals, borne solely from her personal expenses and dedication, underscores the profound bond between humans and animals. Her efforts align with the principles enshrined in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the fundamental rights guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India, which recognizes the right to life and liberty for all, including speechless animals.

The notice issued by the Delhi High Court reflects the judiciary’s recognition of the importance of protecting the rights of animals and upholding the principles of compassion and empathy. It also serves as a reminder of the legal and moral obligations to ensure stray animals’ well-being and support individuals like Mala Tuli who selflessly dedicate themselves to their care.

This case is not just about one individual’s struggle; it is the broader issue of animal rights and the need for collective action to protect and advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society. As the case progresses, it is hoped that justice will be served, and Mala Tuli’s right to feed and care for stray animals will be upheld, setting a precedent for compassion and empathy in our communities.