But at what cost? A nearby family’s son was shot by rangers in 2013. The father, Kachu Kealing, says his son has a learning disability and may have strayed into the park while looking after their two cows. There are no fences or any signs to mark the border of the park. Park authorities say guards shot the boy inside Kaziranga National Park when he did not respond to a warning.
“He could barely do up his own trousers or his shoes,” his father says, “everyone knew him in the area because he was so disabled.”
Kachu Kealing does not believe there is any action he can take now, especially given the unusual protection park guards have from prosecution. “I haven’t filed a court case. I’m a poor man, I can’t afford to take them on.”
What are your thoughts? Have the rangers gone too far in protecting endangered Rhinos, or are they heroes?