A 58-year-old woman died after being attacked by monkeys when she had gone out of her house to relieve herself at Thok Mohalla in Agra, two days after an infant was killed by a monkey in the Uttar Pradesh city.
Bhoomi Devi was attacked yesterday evening and was found with severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she died during treatment, police said.
On November 12, a 12-day-old baby died after a monkey snatched him from his mother and left him bruised and bitten on the terrace of a neighbour's house in Kachhera Mohalla in Agra.
Bhoomi Devi's family members said, "She had lost so much blood that doctors could do nothing to save her."
Following the woman's death, locals took out marches and held a meeting yesterday night, demanding monkeys be excluded from the list of protected species under the Wild Life Act of 1972.
Currently, there are over 25,000 monkeys in Agra, according to municipal corporation officials.
During the meeting, which was attended by environmentalists and social activists, Satyamev Jayate, trustee, Mukesh Jain, said, "For over a decade we have been demanding permission to transfer monkeys to forested areas and also setting up of a facility to sterilise monkeys, but so far we have failed to get permission from government agencies."
Social activist Shravan Kumar Singh said, "Each day the number of (incidents of) monkey bites is going up and citizens are dead scared to move out freely, roam on terraces." "Monkey attacks have become so frequent that women and children are reluctant to move around freely," he said.
They also passed a resolution at the meeting, demanding adequate compensation to victims of monkey attacks.
"It is the duty of the government to protect its citizens. If it cannot do that then compensation should be paid to the victim or his family," according to the resolution.
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