Mumbai: She left the audience scared with her recent box-office hit horror film Pari, but what left Anushka Sharma horrified is the heartbreaking image of an elephant, known only as "Number 44," being beaten up violently by numerous men. This elephant is used for carrying tourists at Amer Fort in Jaipur.
On Saturday, Anushka tweeted,
Can you imagine the world we live in ? Hurting a voiceless being that is being used to carry humans around for nothing all day !! Shame shame shame on these ‘humans’. Aches my heart to see such brutality by my own kind ! Sickening ! pic.twitter.com/2t13KEug1d— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 17, 2018
The tweet was posted by the actor immediately after PETA India's Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, Sachin Bangera, highlighted the plight of elephant no. 44.
This elephant, known as no. 44, was violently beaten up by 8 men. She is used for taking tourists to Amer Fort. You can help stop this abuse by saying NO to elephant rides and taking action here: https://t.co/128lfHhNfN #ShareIfYouCare pic.twitter.com/Ix6Ji63FZV— Sachin Bangera (@Sachbang) March 16, 2018
Bangera’s tweet was shared by celebrities – Sunny Leone, Harshvardhan Rane, Pooja Bhatt, Kartik Murali and Atul Kasbekar. Actor Esha Gupta who was also shocked by this image, tweeted,
Imagine what animals must be thinking we humans are? Cruel living heartless destroyers of this earth https://t.co/ysBl5tb8VC— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) March 16, 2018
Recently actor Sonakshi Sinha had fired off a letter calling on Rajasthan Minister for Forest, Environment, Youth Affairs and Sports Gajendra Singh Khimsar to relocate this elephant to a rehabilitation facility for urgent care.
The letter followed PETA India's complaint to the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Rajasthan Forest Department, which resulted in a show-cause notice issued to Number 44's custodian, Wasid Khan, holding him responsible for the abuse.
The notice stated that an investigation carried out by the Regional Forest Officer for Jaipur Zoo, as well as a photograph supplied by an American witness, indicated that the elephant was treated cruelly, in apparent violation of numerous animal-protection laws.
The Jaipur police also registered a First Information Report against unidentified men under Sections 429 and 289 of the Indian Penal Code for mistreating the elephant and putting public safety at risk. However, Khan was later allowed to use her for rides.