Dog bites woman, owner to face trial for negligence

Apr 25, 2013, 18:54 IST | Agencies

A Delhi court has rejected the petition of a man challenging commencement of trial against him for alleged negligence in handling his dog which had bitten a woman.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Kumar Goyal dismissed the revision petition filed by Rohini-resident Surender Kumar who had challenged the trial court's order which had framed charges against him for his negligent conduct and causing hurt by dangerous means under the IPC.

Dog bites woman, owner to face trial for negligence
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The sessions court said there was no "illegality" in the trial court's order and as per the material placed on record, "prima facie" offences under the provisions of the IPC are made out against Kumar.

The judge upheld framing of charges against Kumar, saying "revision petition is meritless and the same is dismissed and that nothing has been brought to its notice to set aside the order of the trial court."

According to the police, a case was lodged against Kumar in 2011 on a complaint of one Shalini who had alleged that when she reached the lane where Kumar was residing, his dog was roaming near the owner's house.

The woman said she had asked Kumar to handle the canine when it started barking. Though Kumar assured her that his dog would not bite her, the canine bit her when she moved ahead.

To make matters worse, the pet owner did not get hold of his dog even as she raised an alarm. The court noted that according to the medical record of the woman, she had sustained serious injuries.

"Offence under Section 289 of IPC, deals with negligent conduct with respect to animal, which is evident from the statement of Shalini as despite asking, the accused did not catch hold of his pet dog, while she was passing there. So, there is no illegality or impropriety in the order of the trial court for framing charge under Section 289 of IPC against the accused," the judge said. 

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