Monkey-man of Delhi
The Monkey Man of New Delhi is a monster which was reported roaming Delhi in mid-2001.
In May 2001, reports began to circulate in the Indian capital New Delhi of a strange monkey-like creature that was appearing at night and attacking people. Eyewitness accounts were often inconsistent, but tended to describe the creature as about four feet (120 cm) tall, covered in thick black hair, with a metal helmet, metal claws, glowing red eyes and three buttons on its chest; others, however, described the Monkey-man as having a more vulpine snout, and being up to eight feet tall, and muscular; it would leap from building to building like a parkour enthusiast. Still others have described it as a bandaged figure or as a helmeted thing. Theories on the nature of the Monkey Man ranged from an Avatar of the Hindu god Hanuman, to an Indian version of Bigfoot.
Many people reported being scratched, and two (by some reports, three) people even died when they leapt from the tops of buildings or fell down stairwells in a panic caused by what they thought was the attacker. At one point, exasperated police even issued artist's impression drawings in an attempt to catch the creature.
The entire incident has been described as an example of mass hysteria.
- On 13 May 2001, 15 people suffered injuries ranging from bruises to bites and scratches.
- On 15 May 2001, a pregnant woman fell down some stairs fleeing after neighbors shouted that they had seen the Monkey Man.
- A 4-foot-tall (1.2 m) wandering Hindu sadhu was beaten up by an angry mob who mistook him for the Monkey Man.
- A men fell down from a building in fear of the Monkey Man in Noida.
- On 18 May 2001, a van driver was set upon and sustained multiple fractures in another case of mistaken identification as Monkey Man.
- Further sightings were reported in Kanpur in February 2002 and New Delhi in July 2002, the latter describing a monkey-like machine that sparkled red and blue lights.
In popular culture
Supposedly as heard in a small neighbourhood of Delhi, a man who goes by the name of Joe Sebastian was found with various masks and a suspicious collection of claws. Joe sebastian is a former member of a local but highly regarded circus group, who was thrown out due to violent tendencies. The case remains unsolved till date.
The appearance of Monkey man in Old Delhi is the centre-point of the 2009 Bollywood Hindi film Delhi-6 directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. In the film, the creature, called in Hindi as "Kala Bandar (Black Monkey)" is used as an allegory to represent the evil that resides inside every man alongside God (virtue). The monkey man has never actually been caught on tape.
In the 2011 graphic novel Munkeeman by Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma, the creature is interpreted as a misunderstood superhero, who is the result of a science experiment gone wrong. The first edition, Munkeeman Vol 1 chronicled the creatures brief appearance in Delhi, and the second edition will feature the creature in Kanpur, based on the incidents reported in February 2002.
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- Newton, Michael (2005). "Monkey Man (India)". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 306–307. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7.
- Sanal Edamaruku's first hand report on Monkey man
- To catch the phantom - Anita Joshua's article in The Hindu
- Time article about the Monkey man
- Strangemag story
- Flakmag story
- Verma SK, Srivastava DK. A study on mass hysteria (monkey men?) victims in East Delhi. Indian J Med Sci 2003;57:355-60