the monkey population is overwhelming
An Indian woman has been killed after being chased by a gang of monkeys.
Twenty-one-year-old G Sirisha fell to her death after the primates chased her off a roof in Warangal, Telangana.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Sirisha had been playing badminton with her friends on the roof when the tribe of monkeys appeared.
Initially, Sirisha and her friends tried to scare the monkeys away but were unsuccessful.
Due to their fear of the primates attacking, the group decided to run away. However, Sirisha fell off the roof to her death in the process.
Sirisha had been living in an apartment with her friends in Warangal when the attack occurred.
She was a Master of Computer Applications graduate receiving professional training at the time.
Sirisha’s body had multiple injuries as a result of the fall, and local police have launched an investigation.
Fatalities in India as a result of monkeys are rare. However, they are not unheard of.
Conflicts between humans and monkeys can prove fatal due to humans encroaching upon their traditional forest habits.
Therefore, monkeys often break into houses and attack humans.
Back in 2018, a 12-day-old Indian boy died after a monkey snatched him from his mother while being breastfed.
The newborn was being fed by his mother in their home in Agra, Uttar Pradesh when the primate broke into the house and grabbed him.
After locals gave chase, the monkey bit the child on the head and dropped him onto a neighbour’s roof.
According to the baby’s uncle, Dhirendra Kumar, the monkey population is overwhelming and makes the area unsafe. He said:
“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.”
In March 2020, the Indian parliament set aside £500,000 to control the increasing hostility between monkeys and humans in the capital. Delhi recorded over 900 cases in 2018 alone.
Delhi’s plan for the years 2020 to 2025 involved estimating the monkey population and using radio-collars to understand their behaviour and movement patterns.
They also planned to identify conflict hotspots using scientific sterilisation methods, as well as training forest and municipal staff in conflict management.
However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the project did not come to fruition.