The Founder & President of VFAES has launched a Supreme Court case against the exploitation of Asian elephants behind the veil of culture and religion. With the support of an esteemed Kerala High Court lawyer, Hariraj Madhavan Rajendran, and Smt. Mridula, a Supreme Court lawyer the Supreme Court case was accepted on October the 25th, petition # 108192 of 2017. The court hearing was slated for November 20, 2016, however, it has been postponed until further notice.
This petition has several pages of colored still shots from the multiple award-winning and United Nations nominated documentary Gods in Shackles, portraying evidence of torture gathered during the filming in Kerala. The petition also expands on the illegality and inhumanity in capturing and maintaining elephants in captivity, as well as exhibiting, parading, and exploiting them in festivals. This gross exploitation and abuse tarnishes India's reputation in the global arena, as Hindu scriptures are being misinterpreted to satisfy greed. In addition, as a biologist, I have also presented scientific facts to explain the ramifications of keeping the largest land mammals in captivity.
Sangita will be represented by Mridula at the Honourable Supreme Court of India. This will hopefully strengthen the court cases already filed by WRRC, and one of the most compassionate Hindu spiritual leaders, Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha. We sincerely hope it will be a landmark judgment, staying in tune with eco-centric attitudes consistently exhibited by the H'ble Supreme Court of India in previous judgments. Whatever the outcome, we are positive it will make history.