By Shambhavi Saxena:
Here’s something for those of you who are obsessed with your furry family members, or the furry passers-by on the street. And even if you’re not, this story will warm your cockles anyway. Pratima Devi is a rag picker who works in Delhi. She runs a tea stall on the side, and lives in a small shanty in a lane behind PVR Saket, a popular hang out in New Delhi. And the routine that makes up her everyday is absolutely incredible.
Pratima Devi looks after over 300 stray dogs in the area, and she has been doing so for a long time. With the few resources she has she makes sure they all eat, and takes care of their basic health as well.
Not many people foster positive feelings towards strays – the violence against these voiceless animals appears to have spiked in the last couple of months alone, with various groups and individuals going as far as killing and parading the bodies of dead dogs. In light of all this, a figure like Pratima Devi actually shows us what human compassion looks like, and all the good that it is capable of doing.