Assam's Joymala 'Again Tortured' At Tamil Nadu Temple, Claims PETA
As per the sources, Joymala, the elephant from Assam who was allegedly mistreated at a temple in Tamil Nadu, is back in chains in the coastal state.
GUWAHATI: According to PETA India, a video of Joymala that the Tamil Nadu government published in September showing the female elephant taking advantage of outside access and moving freely was "not real."
The animal rights organization claimed on Tuesday that Joymala, an elephant from Assam who was allegedly mistreated at a temple in Tamil Nadu, is back in chains in the coastal state.
As a result, Joymala, the elephant is once again making headlines all over the media.
However, a senior Tamil Nadu government official refuted the accusation.
The Tamil Nadu government produced a video of Joymala in September, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India alleged that it was "not factual" and depicted the female elephant enjoying outdoor access and free movement.
The campaigns manager for PETA India, Radhika Suryavanshi, stated during a press conference in Guwahati, "We had been occasionally monitoring Joymala's daily routine between October 20 and November 13 and have found that she is back in chains on a concrete floor within the shed.
She is still being held in solitary confinement despite the fact that the pool she was seen enjoying has dried up.
With the use of a video that allegedly depicts Joymala's legs being wounded and images of an empty pool close to her shed, PETA India supported the accusation.
The elephant is completely fine, according to J. Kumaragurubaran, Commissioner of Tamil Nadu's Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department.
"She has a good mahout and is taking a bath. Recently, we published pictures and videos of the elephant on our Twitter page. It had been acknowledged by the Indian government, he said.
Kumaragurubaran asserted that they did not want to comment on PETA's intentions, which "appears to be malicious," because it is an old film that has now surfaced.
The same video, which targets Tamilnadu's elephants and temples, keeps coming up online. We will take legal action against them if they continue to slander," he warned.
Joymala, also called Jeymalyatha in the southern state, was transported from Assam to Tamil Nadu in 2008 for five years of participation in religious processions and ceremonies.
She has not yet been brought back to her native state.