NEW DELHI: Nielx (40), a tourist from Denmark was injured after being attacked by a stray cow near the Taj Mahal.
“A foreign tourist Nielx (40) from Denmark was attacked by a cow near the western gate of the Taj Mahal on Sunday. The tourist was clicking the cow but was taken aback when the animal lifted him on its horns and threw him on the ground,” said Dinesh Singh, in charge of tourism police station here, according to media reports.
The tourist suffered minor head injury. His collar bone was also fractured.
He was saved after locals intervened and rescued him.
The tourist who was travelling with his wife was initially admitted to a district hospital and then shifted to SN Medical College.
The tourist spot is visited by people from all over the world. Recently visitors have mostly been attacked mostly by monkeys. Occasionally stray dogs and bovine have also been a bother.
In 2018, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, asking to “shut it down” or “demolish or restore” the Mughal structure.
The apex court was unhappy as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said its “sheer lethargy” on the part of the authorities. “There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Pristine beauty of Taj Mahal has to be protected. You can shut down the Taj Mahal it demolish it. Restore it if you want or demolish it if it has to be demolished,” said the bench. The court said the Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem. “There is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Perhaps it is nothing compared to Taj Mahal. Our Taj Mahal is more beautiful. 80 million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. This is eight times more than what we have. If you had looked after it, your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.
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