Following a series of dog-bite cases seeking compensation, the Supreme Court on Monday sought a status report from the committee that it had set up to look into these cases. The three member committee headed by former Kerala High Court judge S.S. Jagan has been asked to file the report in 4 weeks.
It has been alleged that the dog bite victims have not received any compensation from the state government despite having been awarded the same. The bench has also sought details of the dog-bite victims who have been awarded compensation but not yet received it.
Kerala is estimated to have stray dog population of 2.5 lakhs. Frequent stray dog attacks especially on children have created a dangerous situation. According to the panel report ‘More than 1 lakh people in the state have been bitten by stray dogs in 2015-16.’ This panel included the state law secretary and the director health services.
Earlier, the apex court had expressed concern on the rising number of dog-bite cases in Kerala and had asked the state government to take steps to ensure these cases are checked.