"Suddenly a monkey barged inside our house and grabbed the child by his neck."
An Indian woman has become the second person in a matter of days to die after being attacked by monkeys in the city of Agra.
Bhooran Devi, aged 59, went into a field near her home in Agra during the evening of Wednesday, November 14, 2018, where the group of monkeys attacked her.
Relatives found the woman lying in the field and bleeding profusely. They rushed her to a nearby medical clinic where she was pronounced dead.
According to police, she had bled to death as a result of the brutal attack.
Locals reported the attack to the police which caused an outcry in the city.
Relatives of Devi said: “She had lost so much blood that doctors could do nothing to save her.”
This incident is the second in a matter of days within the city. On Monday, November 12, 2018, a newborn baby was killed by several monkeys.
It was heard that 12-day-old Arush was snatched from his mother’s lap after the animal came into her home in the Kachhara area.
The baby’s father Yogesh had chased the monkey in a bid to get his son back.
The animal eventually left the baby on a neighbour’s roof, but by then, it was too late.
It was heard that the infant died from the injuries caused after being bitten multiple time.
Yogesh told the Times of India: “The main door of the house was open, and my wife was breastfeeding our son, suddenly a monkey barged inside our house and grabbed the child by his neck.
“Before Neha could do 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.”
Arush’s parents took him to a local hospital where he was unfortunately pronounced dead.
These two incidents are examples of the huge problem Agra has with the monkey menace. It has been a problem for the last 10 years.
There are over 25,000 in the city and activists are calling for them to be moved to a sanctuary.
Currently, monkeys are a protected species in India under the Wildlife Protection Act, meaning they cannot be moved from the habitat, sterilised or killed.
Because of the number of monkeys, locals are living in fear in case they are bitten.
Local voluntary agencies have organised a conference where a plan was formulated to control the monkey problem in the Taj City.
It is one of the worst affected cities as monkeys frequently attack tourists and pilgrims.
The incidents of Bhooran and Arush are examples where monkey attacks in India have been fatal.