HC seeks report on temple elephant

Expressing displeasure over the use of elephants at temples, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday sought a report on the health condition of Masini, the Samayapuram temple elephant, currently undergoing treatment at the Thanjavur Veterinary Hospital.

Hearing the plea which sought a direction to restore Masini to her natural habitat, a Division Bench of Justices M.M. Sundresh and N. Sathish Kumar sought the report from the dean of the Veterinary College and Research Institute at Thanjavur.

The petitioner, R. Antony Clement Rubin of Chennai, had filed the PIL petition, complaining that Masini suffered behavioural changes after she was moved to the temple.

Masini, in one of her violent episodes, trampled her mahout to death at the temple premises in Tiruchi on May 25, he said. He added that following the incident, even her physical health had also deteriorated.

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