The man, Raju, is the sole earning member of his family. Apparently, he had taken up the job of a waiter at a pub in the Besahara Mall in spite of much resistance from his mother who was really concerned about his safety. “But I was not getting work anywhere else in the city. With no other option at hand, I decided to go for this,” Raju tells us while writhing in pain.
Raju’s medical examination has revealed that his body was mercilessly assaulted by the dogs one by one for over two hours. “They took turns on me. While I was experiencing the worst pain of my life, bleeding profusely and moaning painfully, they seemed to be enjoying it. They called me names, laughed aloud, dug their teeth everywhere on my body so hard that I died a million times in those two hours,” Raju’s eyes bear tears as he narrates the incident to us. “I don’t know why and how they could find it amusing,” he wonders.
Doctors say that Raju will not be able to walk properly again and that “more than the body pain, it is the mental and moral hurt that will not go”. He has already attempted suicide thrice. He says, “I will never be able to step out of the house again. And these nightmares just wouldn’t stop. I can still see, right in front of my eyes, those dogs sitting on me and happily chewing every little lump of flesh they could get their dirty paws on. I can’t get rid of these pictures, please help me die!!!” Raju begins to cry frantically, forcing us to leave.
Meanwhile, the Gurgaon police have said that they or the dogs are not the only ones to be blamed. “If a guy exposes his body by wearing revealing clothes, and is out of home on estranged roads so late in the night, due to whatever reasons, what will the poor dogs do? Any flesh-eating animal can get aroused in such a situation. We are looking into the matter, but please don’t blame us. Gurgaon is such a widespread area, how do we look after everybody? We have other things to do too. Other things like… forget it,” the police have said.
The statement further says, “In most such cases, there is some sort of consensus from the so-called ‘victim’ too. If Raju was wearing such provocative clothes, he obviously knew what the consequences could be. How do we know his intentions weren’t unclear? What if he had himself invited the dogs to bite him? What if he belongs to a characterless family background? Decent people don’t do such things! These are some of the ‘crucial’ details we are looking into.”
Deputy Police Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr. P. C. Keema has suggested, “The only solution is that people stop wearing such clothes and stay at home after 8 P.M. Sit jobless, see yourself and your family die of poverty but do NOT go for these late-night jobs. Evil elements are out at this time looking for preys. Your safety is in your hands. Safety is more important than the summer heat! This is not the West. This is the Indian society. There are some rules here. You have to dress modestly to protect yourself from good animals like dogs! As of now, we have decided to put Gurgaon on curfew after 8 P.M. for young men.”
The Gurgaon police in its latest statement have issued rules which they say will protect the citizens. According to the list, anybody found wearing clothes that do not follow these specifications will be jailed:
a) Lowers long enough to not let even the toe to be visible.
b) Full-sleeves that touch the tip of your longest finger.
c) Buttons closed to the top, such that the wind-pipe feels choked.
d) Completely opaque clothing preferably made of solid plastic or stainless steel.
e) Strictly banned: western clothes (shorts, Bermudas, pants, T-shirts etc.), Indian dhoti and pyjama. Also, your clothes should be neither too tight, nor too loose.
Apart from these “general” specifications, the Gurgaon police have also clearly stated that, “If in a biting-case, it is found that any part of the body other than the face of the victim was visible to the accused before the incident took place, the victim would be held criminal and the accused would be left scot-free, since the poor soul was only victim to hot flesh on display.”
On being asked what the rules were for the “bitists”, the police said, “Well, we request them to stay within their limits and not fall prey to these characterless creeps found lingering around on the roads till late in the night. They might seem tempting at that moment, but cause a lot of trouble later.” They further said, “That apart, there isn’t much we can tell these criminals. They’ll continue to do what they want to do, that is why they are criminals. The responsibility is of other people to ensure complete law and order in the city.”
Monty, one of the 5 accused, tells us, “You should have seen those legs on full display. Mmm… too hard to exist, man! Now if someone as beautiful and meaty as him chooses to be out on the roads during the wee hours, wearing provocative clothes, is it our fault that we fall for him?” Monty shamelessly utters.
On being told about the Gurgaon police’s statements, the accused broke into laughter. “Haha! See! Those guys understand us so well, true brothers they are!”
Author’s note: My sincere apology to the dog-kind for using them in this article. The characters are only symbolic. Otherwise, we both know who the real dogs are.