Considering we live in the 21st century, you would think that people would’ve learned from their mistakes in the past. Alas, nothing has changed.
Recently in Harmony mall in Mumbai actor Anuj Sachdeva saw a car drive over a stray dog while parking. The family didn’t look back to check if the dog was hurt or even alive and just ran into the mall because they wanted to see a movie. It is heartbreaking to think that things like this happen even in a city like Mumbai where there are NGOs for stray animals in every corner.
Although the family went inside the mall, not bothering with the dog, Anuj helped the dog get up and sit in a corner so it wasn’t hurt again. He then waited for nearly 3 hours until the movie was over so he could confront the family about their wrong doings. Despite searching all over Mumbai, Anuj couldn’t find a single vet available to help save the dog. If you weren’t already furious about the driver’s actions, wait till you hear his excuse. When asked why he did this, he claimed it wasn’t even his fault. He said, “I haven’t made any mistake, I didn’t run over the dog on purpose. The dog came in front of the car and wasn’t moving away when I honked.” What’s worse is that his young child was with him during this conversation — that poor child is likely to learn from his father’s actions since he never owned his mistake. There are two main problems with this whole situation: The driver should’ve been extremely careful and continued honking and waited until he was sure the dog had moved away. Even if he had hit the dog unintentionally, he should’ve made sure the dog was taken to a vet and treated for its injuries. He should’ve taken responsibility for his actions! Instead, he was more concerned about going to the movie theatre on time than a living being’s life.
We must thank people like Anuj Sachdeva who speak up against such issues and actually make a change. On Instagram, he’s posted a picture of the car with drops of blood on and near it, the car’s number plate and a video of his conversation with the driver. He captioned the post with, “This guy who drove his car over the face of the sleeping stray dog. Did not even look back to check if the dog is alive because for him and his family watching the movie was more important. The blood is everywhere in the parking lot and even on his car. Such scums should be held responsible for such heinous crimes.”
”My only reason to get this out is to make people aware. During monsoon if everyone could just spend 30 seconds looking under their car before moving the vehicle out that can save so many lives. Because these animals don’t have any safe place around.”