in an attempt to save monkeys that have been experimented and then left to die, Hanuman Vatika, a money shelter, has been set up in Sultanpur, Gurgaon. The shelter is run by People for Animals ( pfa ), a non-governmental organisation, under the aegis of the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment. "The vatika was set up with an aim to create a specialised home for monkeys. Many monkeys are victims of road accidents, public apathy and experimentation. They need care,' said Gautam Grover, director of the vatika.
But Iqbal Malik, director of Vatavaran, a New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation, says: "It is a mere gimmick and sheer waste of money. The animals are caged when there is no need to do so. The vatika lacks greenery and does not have specialised facilities required to take care of the monkeys.'