Srinagar, Feb 23:
Kashmir University has become a free zone for stray dogs as dozens of them are
seen roaming in the main campus, feasting on the leftover food from the varsity
The canine fear
increases manifold after dusk as scholars and students fear venturing out.
The campus has
three gates, which are guarded 24×7. However, stray dogs, apparently, have a
free pass to enter in and roam around anytime.
Be it the
administrative block, the scholars’ hostel, or the Naseem Bagh end of the
campus, these dogs are seen either ambling in groups or basking on the greens,
as students, especially females, walk pass them, dreaded of getting bit.
food produced in university cafeteria is thrown in open which attracts these
dogs. They have created terror among the students as well as the faculty
members,” said an official of the university on the condition of not sharing
“There are around
200 dogs in the campus. The university has become breeding ground for them,” he
A professor at
Kashmir University, who too wanted to remain anonymous, said: “Yesterday at
around 5 in the evening I was leaving the university when I saw group of 8-10
dogs outside my department and I could not dare to walk. I went back to the
department and requested my colleagues to escort me to my car.”
said that students dread to walk alone in the campus.
especially females who reside in hostels do not dare to venture in the campus
after 5 in the evening,” the professor said.
Insha Wani, a
female research scholar at Kashmir University said: “I am a science research
scholar and we have to be in the department for longer to perform certain
experiments in the laboratory. But due to the threat of canines, we leave
earlier and this is affecting our research.”
She said that
last year one of the students was injured when a stray dog chased him and he
was later referred to hospital.
Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said: “University is aware of
the dog menace and is trying hard to keep them away, but they manage to slip in
as the gates are to be kept open for public movement.”
He said that they
have taken the issue with all the relevant agencies for a number of times.
wing chases the dogs away on daily basis,” he added.