Indian 59-Year-Old Woman Bitten to Death by Monkeys

Published November 16th, 2018 - 12:00 GMT

A 59-year-old woman has been bitten to death by monkeys just days after a newborn was snatched and killed in the same Indian city.

Sanjul Pandey went into a field near her home in the city of Agra to relieve herself when she was attacked and killed at around 11.30pm on Monday.

Relatives found her collapsed from her injuries and rushed her to a nearby medical clinic where she bled to death shortly after.

Locals reported the attack to police the following evening, causing outcry in the city.

Monkeys are a protected species in India under the Wildlife Protection Act, meaning they cannot be moved from their habitat, sterilised or killed.

Activists are calling for the animals to be moved to a sanctuary and for funds to be raised to pay for a sterilisation programme and to compensate victims.

Pandey died days after a 12-day-old baby was bitten to death by another monkey.

Mother Neha had been breastfeeding her 12-day-old son Arush when the animal came into her home on the outskirts of Agra on Monday, the Times of India reports.

The victim's father Yogesh, an auto-rickshaw driver, told the newspaper that they chased the monkey.

The animal eventually left the baby on a neighbour's roof – but by then, it was too late.

The main door of the house was open, and my wife was breastfeeding out son, suddenly a monkey barged inside our house and grabbed the child by his neck,' Yogesh told the Times of India.

'Before Neha could understand anything, the monkey took away our son.

'After a chase, the monkey left our son on a neighbour's roof but it was too late, Arush was heavily bleeding and had no pulse.'

They took the baby to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead, the father added.  

Dhirendra Kumar, the baby's uncle, told the BBC: "There are too many monkeys in the area. We live in fear. 

We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven't done anything. The mother of the baby is too distraught to even speak.' 

The infant was the couple's only child. They have been married for two years.

Local residents reported the same monkey had tried to attack a 14-year-old girl around 15 minutes before snatching Arush.

Police officer Atbir Singh told the Times that the baby sustained grave injuries to its skull and neck.

He also said another infant had been attacked by a monkey in the area two months ago. That baby survived but remains in hospital.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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