The girl at MGM Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A 10-year-old Jamshedpur girl landed in hospital with multiple wounds after a pack of around eight street dogs bit her at Sankosai in Olidih on Thursday afternoon.
Chhoti Gorai, a resident of Road No. 1 in Sankosai in the Mango police station area, was targeted by the strays while she was going to take a bath in Subernarekha around 1pm.Although her mother was accompanying her, she could do nothing except scream and pelt stones while the dogs preyed on her child.
The dogs bit Chhoti at several places, including thighs, legs and belly, leaving her bleeding and writhing in pain.
She is now undergoing treatment at the emergency ward of MGM Medical College and Hospital.
Mother Kunti Gorai said they did not get enough water from the taps at home and hence, had to occasionally visit Subernarekha, which is about half-a-kilometre away.
“Today (Thursday), there was very little water left at our house and we decided to go to the river for a bath. As we were negotiating a deserted road in Sankosai, around seven-eight dogs appeared from behind and crossed us. On seeing so many dogs together, my daughter got scared and clutched my hand tightly. But the dogs suddenly took a U-turn, came near us and pounced on my daughter,” Kunti said.
The mother started shouting, thinking that the dogs would go away but they were in an attacking mood and one of the strays caught hold of the 10-year-old’s leg, causing her to fall down.
“Terrified, Chhoti somehow managed to get up and started running. The dogs also went after her. They cornered her near a boundary wall and bit her everywhere,” added Kunti, whose husband Krishna Gorai works at a construction site.
She kept screaming and throwing stones at the dogs, but they wouldn’t just leave the girl.
The dogs escaped only after a youth, who was passing by, came to their rescue and hit the dogs with boulders.
Kunti first took her daughter back home and then to the hospital.
A doctor, who attended to the injured girl, said she would have to be administered anti-rabies vaccine.
“We have given the girl anti-tetanus injection. From tomorrow (Friday), she would have to be administered anti-rabies injections as she has been bitten by more than one stray dog,” said the doctor, adding that at present, the hospital has enough stock of the vaccine.
Stray dogs have become a menace in a major portion of the densely populated Mango locality with the civic body doing little to allay the fears of the residents. Dog bite cases are most common in localities like Sankosai, Munsi Mohalla, Jawaharnagar, Azadnagar and Olidih.
Special officer of Mango Notified Area Committee Jagdish Prasad said that they had no infrastructure to catch the street dogs.
“We are aware that street dogs have unleashed terror in Mango, but we are helpless as we do not have the necessary equipment to catch them. We will, however, contact Jusco and request them to help us nab the canines,” Prasad told The Telegraph.