Hema Malini, who is an MP from Mathura, said that the natural habitat of monkeys has shrunk and people in Vrindavan are forced to deal with them strictly when they visit residential areas in search of food.
She said pilgrims give fried food such as 'kachori' and `samosa' to monkeys due to which they are falling sick, inturn affecting the health of people.
The actress turned politician said attempts had been made to sterilise monkeys which have made them "very violent". "They have made life-threatening attacks. People have been killed in Vrindavan," she said.
Hema Malini said animals also have the right to live and the forest department should create a "monkey safari" which will solve the problem. "Please do not treat the matter lightly. It is a very, very important matter," she said.“I've demanded a Monkey Safari (in Mathura) for the safety of monkeys. Also, there should be fruit-bearing trees in forests. Monkeys have picked up food habits of humans which is not healthy for them. They don't want fruits now, but samosa and fruity,” said Hema Malini, BJP MP from Mathura.