For an act of animal cruelty that cleaved the country into two, the tribute to the victim - Shaktiman, the Uttarakhand police mare - is rather weird. And stupid.
In the memory of the mare - who slipped and fractured her leg during a BJP protest rally, developed gangrene, had to get her leg amputated, only to die of shock after being fitted with a prosthetic leg - the Dehradun police has decided to name something after her.
It's a petrol pump!
Correction: Petrol pump will be set up in Police lines(D'dun),will be named after police horse #Shaktiman: SSP Dehradun Sadanand Date to ANI— ANI (@ANI_news) April 28, 2016
We racked our brains to figure out just why they came up with this.
- Is it because the Dehradun police wants to make a case against riding animals? Tell everyone to drive cars and bikes instead, and thus not be cruel to animals?
- Or it is because they think a petrol pump named after Shaktiman will keep the mare's memory alive, and serve as a reminder of what some inhuman people did to the poor animal?
But then, what was the name of the petrol pump you last visited?
- Or is it because they think they'll be appreciated in the long-run for being so thoughtful and keeping her memory alive?
Actually, this seems most likely. Only that they are horribly wrong. It's a case of animal cruelty, and a more befitting tribute would perhaps be to do something for the mare's ilk. Even naming an animal shelter would be so much better than naming a petrol pump!
But, before we let you give your opinion on this brilliant tribute, we must share how this Twitter user very strongly opposed the idea.