Vrindavan, 2019.07.12 (VT): A vicious and unprovoked monkey attack that was caught on camera has left residents feeling frustrated that authorities are dragging their feet on the monkey issue, despite mountains of evidence that the monkey population in Vrindavan has reached dangerous levels.
Businessman Nikunj Goyal was going out for some work in the morning when a large male monkey raced out from behind a rubbish bin to attack him. The attack by the alpha male was followed by attacks from several other monkeys. Goyal to the ground and the monkeys continued to bite him.
The incident was caught on CCTV camera. Goyal had previously posted a video showing the jungle-like situation on the streets of Vrindavan that makes people afraid to go out of their house.
More common than attacks on men are attacks on women and children. There are regular reports about children being attacked and of dozens of minor incidents every day that never make the news.
Even if a child is standing with a female guardian, monkeys will attack, sometimes hoping to get some food or sometimes seemingly out of frustration and anger. Such an incident occurred earlier this month when a 3-year-old school child who was standing on the street waiting for the school bus with her aunty was bitten by monkeys.
Speaking to media, the girl’s aunty, Urmila, said that many such incidents have happened in Kailash Nagar. The girl’s injuries were treated but she is now scared to go out.
Mathura District Hospital recorded 247 cases of monkey bite treatments in June, up from 154 in May.