Guwahati: In a world where kindness is gradually decreasing, we have people like Dr Sarbani Giri, who makes us believe that kindness is not dead yet. An act of kindness as we may say, Dr Sarbani Giri from Assam University, Silchar saved a turtle from being sold in the market. Dr Giri went to the fish market to buy herself fish. However, the academician returned home with a turtle that she saved.
Dr Giri is the head of the department of the Life Science and Bioinformatics at Assam University. When she went to the fish market, she saw a man selling a live Indian peacock soft-shell turtle (nilssonia hurum). Astonished by the act of the man, Dr Giri offered to buy the turtle live for Rs 4000.
The Indian peacock soft-shell turtle (nilssonia hurum) is a species of turtle, which is found in South Asia. This species of turtle is listed as vulnerable species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
Dr Giri called up the Cachar Forest Division after she reached her home. She asked the division to take the turtle to some safe place and release it to its natural habitat.
Sailendra Pandey, the Public Relation Officer to Parimal Suklabaidya, Environment and Forest Minister, Government of Assam, said, "The Forest department has taken the turtle from Dr Sarbani Giri and we are thankful to her profusely for saving the life of this turtle."
The Forest Department took the turtle from Dr Giri and thanked her for saving the life of this vulnerable species. The department also decided to collaborate with the Fisheries Department to create awareness among the fisherman about the turtle so as to protect it from such an incident in the future.