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Boy bites dogs, tethered for 9 years

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Last Updated: August 16, 2006, 11:38 IST

Boy bites dogs, tethered for 9 years

Authorities in West Bengal rescued a 15-year-old boy tied to a tree for nine years because he used to bite dogs.

Kolkata: Authorities in West Bengal rescued a 15-year-old boy tied to a tree for nine years because he used to bite dogs and goats besides gnawing on the feet of relatives and neighbours, officials said on Wednesday.

Rahul Amin Dhali was just six when he first bit a dog in Biramnagar village, 60 km north of Kolkata, they said. A few days later he tasted the flesh of a family member.

"We chose to ignore the issue since he was just a child but it turned worse with every passing day," the boy’s father, Rahman Dhali said.

Rahul later wandered off in the village and bit a goat grazing in a field before nibbling at the paws of the neighbour's pet dog, leaving Rahman, a poor farmer, flummoxed.


When neighbours' complaints increased, the Dhalis chained their son by the wrist to a tree in front of their house, where the boy has since been taught to read.

"We found him tied to a tree with a long chain near a pond and he seemed very sick to us," a senior government official, Sushanata Dutta said.

Dutta organised Monday's rescue mission after being told of Rahul's condition by village health workers.

"Dhali had the habit of nibbling at his hands and feet when he failed to lure dogs and cats for a bite," Dutta added.

Doctors said the boy was suffering from a serious neurological disorder and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday for treatment.

"Everyone was scared about Dhali because they thought he was a demon possessed with evil powers, but actually he should be fine with several months of treatment," one of the doctors treating Rahul, Ranadip Ghosh Roy said.
first published:August 16, 2006, 11:38 IST
last updated:August 16, 2006, 11:38 IST