A one-and-a-half-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull in the Uttarakhand Colony of Delhi's Burari area on January 2. The toddler suffered fractures in her leg at three different places and had to get 18 stitches.
She was also hospitalised for 17 days and the entire incident was caught on CCTV. Seven to eight people had struggled to rescue the girl from the pit bull's jaws.
The girl's family alleged that they had approached the Burari Police Station to file a case, but the cops refused despite them producing the CCTV footage. Instead, the police allegedly pressured the girl's family to compromise.
The girl's grandfather said no action had been taken against the owner of the pit bull. "The terror of street dogs is so great in the colony that people are afraid to even step out of their houses," he said, adding that three people from the same family were bitten by dogs.
The girl's family demanded the authorities remove the pit bull from the area.
Keeping pit bulls as pets is banned in India as they are considered a "dangerous" breed. In December last year, the central government informed the Delhi High Court that a decision on prohibiting licences for keeping "dangerous" dog breeds as pets will be made within three months.