According to the story, a three year old in the heart of the town was critically injured by a monkey. A pack of monkeys bit a man and two children, and are vandalizing people's property and pets. Children are being attacked on their way to and from school, and forest officials have received "innumerable complaints regarding the monkey menace".
The monkeys besieging Kokrajhar are the endangered goldden langur, one of the rarest primates on earth, and is sacred to many Himalayan peoples. In other words, they cannot be killed. At best, forestry officials have claimed a plan to tranquilize the monkeys and deposit them deeper into the forests, but as of yet have done nothing.
In early 2006, Delhi's High Court directed a ban on maurading monkeys, but found difficulty when at least one monkey catcher suffered a 72-stitch mauling. They've even been declared a security threat, to the point where a cabinet minister could not enter his office for months, because the monkeys would not let anyone enter.
Previous monkey attacks in the area back in 2001 were found to be false claims by "anti-national" forces to spark violence in the Capital. The recent surge in monkey attacks suggest this finding may have been in haste.
So what does it mean? Are the monkeys reacting to a change in the global climate, perhaps more sensitive to it than humans at the moment? Or is it merely the rapid industrial growth of India, which saw a 10-year high of more than 12%. As more of India's natural habitat is cut down for industry and residential areas, more and more monkeys are moving into human areas, challenging for territory in the only way they know how.
Killing the monkeys is currently out of the question. Per the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, it is illegal to kill or possess any animal, its skin or body parts. This leaves little to no recourse for the Indians in how to deal with the overpopulation of monkeys, their attacks, thefts, and challenge to territory. If such sieges by hordes of monkeys continue, we might very well see this Act overturned by the Delhi High Court in the near future.
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