Assam: Relief for Joymala As Govt Sends Team from Forest Dept to Bring Her Back Home
GUWAHATI: "Beaten and Tortured" are the two words trending with Assam's Joymala who had been held captive in one of the temples of Tamil Nadu and the video of which is currently making a heart-wrenching impact among the netizens.
In recent days, an elephant in Tamil Nadu's Nagercoil district is seen tortured and beaten - by the man supposed to be her caretaker – in a widely-shared video that has triggered furious protests by animal rights activists and organisations.
The elephant - named Joymala or Jeymalyatha – was reportedly transported from Assam, where she was initially kept under illegal custody.
Notably, Joymala is on the verge of death due to the brutal torture of the Mahout.
Animal welfare organisation- PETA claims that for over ten years, the elephant had been near a temple in Thirukovil in Nachia, Sriviliputhur.
After a complaint by PETA, a picture of the Mahout's torture of Joymala has come to light.
Acting on the viral video and after witnessing the plight of Joymala, The Assam government has decided to send a team from its forest department and rescue Joymala who has been in captivity of the temple authorities.
According to a report by The New Indian Express, Assam's principal chief conservator of forest and chief wildlife warden MK Yadava on August 30 said that Joymala could not be brought back to the state due to non-cooperation from the Tamil Nadu government, so the Assam government decided to move the court against the Tamil Nadu government to take legal recourse.
Further, he added that after more than a year of communication, the chief wildlife warden of Tamil Nadu had issued an order in April/May this year granting permission to take away Joymala.
"However, the problem is that the Tamil Nadu forest department needs to take possession of the animal from the temple authorities. It is only then that we can bring it. Otherwise, it will become a case of robbery," Yadava said.