[monkeywire] Court orders release of monkey "god"
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Fri Aug 30 15:05:36 EDT 2002
By Omer Farooq
BBC reporter in Hyderabad
A court in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh
has ordered the state authorities to help free a
monkey that has been confined inside a temple for the
The monkey has been kept within the temple's
inner-most chambers in the belief that it is the
reincarnation of a much loved Hindu monkey god -
The court issued the orders in response to a writ
petition filed by an animal rights group, Karuna,
based in Anantapur.
The bench directed the Anantapur district
superintendent of police to send a team of veterinary
doctors to examine the condition of the monkey and
treat it as necessary.
The court also asked the police to extend all
necessary help in securing the monkey's freedom.
A spokesperson from the animal rights group, Gangi
Reddy, said the monkey was locked up after local
people spotted it perched atop an idol of Hanuman in a
deserted temple on 1 August.
Devotees mistook the monkey to be a reincarnation of
Hanuman and the animal has been forcibly confined
within the temple's inner sanctum ever since.
Local officials say hundreds of devotees throng the
temple every day to pay their respects to the monkey.
But the court has directed local authorities to
examine the entire episode and investigate allegations
that the monkey is being used to exploit religious
sentiments and make money.
Meanwhile, a veterinary doctor who examined the monkey
says the animal is in good health - and seems
unwilling to leave the temple premises.
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