People in the poorer countries of the world do some pretty wicked things to make money. Some parents will sell their daughters into sex slavery. But what they are now doing in India is appalling beyond words. As members of their family get older, they send them into the tiger reserve and after a tiger kills them, they bring the body back and plant it outside the reserve and the government pays them compensation. And India has 70% of the world’s tigers.
Elderly relatives are being sent into tiger reserves to be killed so that families can claim compensation in a horrifying new trend in India.
Younger family members appear to be targeting Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh by sending their elders into the forest to be mauled to death before dumping their bodies in nearby fields.
Villagers are not entitled to claim compensation if they die in the reserve, but if they are killed in a tiger attack outside the reserve, they can cash in on government money.
Having looked at the deaths, the central government official compiled a report and told the Times of India: ‘Bureau authorities have decided to refer the matter to the National Tiger Conservation Authority for further action.’
Locals are adamant families are in on the killings, and farmer Jarnail Singh, 60, told the paper: ‘They think that since they can’t get resources from the forest, this is the only way their families can escape poverty.’
The most recent case is that of a 55-year-old woman whose body was found in a field killed by a tiger on July 1.
Officials ruled out that she had been killed in the field, where her body was found, saying the woman’s clothes were found a kilometre and a half away.
They said this evidence and tractor tread marks suggested she had been moved from the reserve and dumped.