外文标题：Maqsood’s obsession with tigers led to his death
NEW DELHI: A pall of gloom has descended over a dingy hutment located below the Zakhira flyover in central Delhi, at Anand Parbat, on Wednesday. Maqsood, 20, who was mauled to death by a white tiger at the Delhi zoo on Tuesday, lived here with his family.
Almost 24 hours after his tragic death, the family recollects that it was his new-found love for tigers that had led to his death. A random visit to the zoo sometime in June had got him obsessed with tigers and he often spoke about it to his wife and family members. The visits became frequent after he lost his job as a porter a few weeks ago.
Maqsood had married Fatima, a woman from Kolkata, a year ago. Of late, he had heard about stories of Bengal tigers and how a tiger had mauled two men at Alipur zoo when they had gone to garland the animal back in 1995. “He never told us what was it about tigers that had aroused his curiosity so much but these stories used to excite him and he often shared his experiences at the zoo,” said Mohammad Tahir, his grandfather.
Maqsood’s friends say that his obsession only grew and he would often slip out of his house in the afternoon and visit the zoo to watch the tigers, and lions. The fact that he had lost his job four months ago gave him ample time. He often told his mother he was going out to look for a job but instead landed at the zoo. He used the little money he had saved to buy tickets at the zoo.
Maqsood’s wife, Fatima, who is seven months pregnant, is at her hometown, Kolkata. It was a harrowing experience for her as TV channels played the mobile clips and pictures of her husband being attacked by the tiger all through Tuesday and even on Wednesday. “She is inconsolable and has fallen ill since she saw her husband on TV and has now left for Delhi,”
Appa Durai (Coimbatore)
The innocent guy paid heavily for his love
Titto Tripathy (Jaipur)
With all sympathies to Maqsood, he should have been careful while taking pictures. He fell into the enclosure of the animal, nobody can do anytthing about it.
Sir Lancelot (Camelot)
He will be born as a Tiger in his next life. He will also experience humans irritating and abusing him in cages.
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Its a pity the zoo authorities could not rescue the boy alive. There are many questions. How did the boy enter the cagged area? Why are’nt there any zoo keeper near when the incident occured? And lastly Our peple are video recording it, instead of calling the authorities. Its high time our zoos are better equipped.
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Sir Lancelot (Camelot)
He deserved it.
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This guy was 20 and was already married for a year. So effectively he was below the legal age to get married. Did anyone notice that?
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Mannvi Sharma (Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind) replies to Ravindra
yes…illegal yet pretty common in our country.
Mea Cont (Mumbai)
His obsession took him to grave.. Sad.. Condolences to his family especially his wife in her vulnerable condition. May God give all of them the courage….