Monkeys roaming around lanes and temples is a common sight in parts of India but the little simians have become a real cause of concern in IIT Bombay. With the students being attacked and their properties getting damaged by the monkeys, the matter has now reached the courtyards of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The situation has become so worse that the apes often enter the rooms inside hostels and destroy the student properties. Occupants of rooms with balcony are worse affected.
Often having monkeys around the Campus is a common sight in many of nation’s premier Universities, including the University of Delhi but off late it has turned problematic for IIT-B at , Powai. The apes, which were there earlier as well have now suddenly doubled up in numbers. Cases of attacking the students have increased over the days. Hostel number 3,5, 7 and 9 are the most troubled by the monkey notoriety.
Often the monkeys scatter garbage bins and throw away students’ personal belongings. Leaving hostel rooms unlocked by any chance has become one of the biggest nightmares of the students.
The General Secretary of one of the hostels has approached BMC. The solution suggested has however cracked up the hostellers. They have been advised to burn crackers to keep the scamps at bay.
While the Public Health Officer on campus has been approached for help, students are baffled with allegations by authorities that they themselves have been inviting trouble by offering eatables to monkeys.
”It leaves us wondering why the authorities think that at 8:30 am we’ll be feeding monkeys, when we haven’t had the time to eat breakfast before dashing to class,” read an article in Insight, the campus magazine. From entering the unlocked hostel rooms to snatching things from the students, the occasional humor has now turned into horror for IITians.