Investigating The Case Of Dying Birds

Ananya Gogoi

Ananya Gogoi , 3rd Year, B.A. LL.B. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

Assam, the mystical land of the blue hills, and the mighty Brahmaputra River serve as a beautiful and resourceful landscape for a wide number of flora and fauna species to take refuge. However, since the beginning of this year, several incidents of bird-killings in the state have been reported. In a recent case, over 250 egret hatchlings were killed by officials of the Tangla Municipal Board based on a superstitious and spurious belief that their droppings increased the risks of spreading coronavirus.

As held in the case of Smti. Dipa Saha v. The State of Tripura & Ors., 2013 SCC OnLine Tri 242, the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is superior Indian legislation protecting wildlife species, including birds which makes it unlawful and punishable under Section 16 (c) to injure or destroy wild animals and birds, even their eggs and nests. The Tangla incident was a clear act of negligence on the part of the municipal board officials. The government has called for an investigation into such frequent incidents; however, in reality, very little attention is paid to wildlife protection, and most of such cases usually go unnoticed or unreported. The horrifying reality renders it quintessential for the government to take immediate steps in curbing such horrendous acts of violence against animals and birds.