One of the accused met the owner of the goat a day after the gang rape and said that he and his friends all had a “nice time” with her. PETA India’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Meet Ashar, claimed the goat was also tortured and abused after it was gang-raped.
The owner of the goat, Aslu Khan (photo below), registered a complaint on July 26 that his goat was gang-raped by men identified as Savakar, Haroon, Jaffar, and The accused are absconding, according to the police. Three of the accused have been identified by the police as Savakar, Haroon, and Jaffar, and five others whose identities are yet to be ascertained.
Eight men in Haryana have now been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Animal Cruelty Act for allegedly gang raping a pregnant goat in Haryana, last week, according to reports.
Hindustan Times Police said the accused are locals and repeat criminals. Three of them were beaten up by villagers in Maroda village about 73 kilometres south of Gurugram after the owner of the goat caught them in the act.
Police have registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” and under the Animal Cruelty Act at Nagina police station in Nuh, earlier known as Mewat.
“Our team is investigating the case and has recorded the statement of the goat’s owner, who allegedly caught the three accused in the act. We are also in the process of recording the statements of other eyewitnesses and villagers to know the exact sequence of the crime and arrests will be made once we get all the details,” Nazneen Bhasin, superintendent of police, Nuh, said Sunday morning. Five others are yet to be identified.
The owner, Aslup Khan, said his goat went missing from its shed, located adjacent to his house, on Wednesday night after which he and other villagers started looking for it. “It was around 11pm when I heard some noise and went out. The gate of the shed was open. I panicked and raised an alarm, as four of my goats had been stolen in the past and this was the only one left. While we were looking around, we found three men sexually assaulting my goat,” said 27-year-old Khan, a truck driver.
Khan said said that the three men told them about five others who had allegedly raped the goat that night. Bhasin said the three men have a criminal record and were jailed in the past for allegedly stealing motorcycles and cattle.
“My goat was injured and lying on the ground. It was not even able to walk. I took it home and applied medicines on the wounds on its head and nose. It did not eat anything the next day and was lying as if it was paralyzed,” Khan said.
“He came to me on Thursday and threatened to steal the goat. He laughed and said that he and his friends had a nice time that night, which made me furious. I thrashed him after which he fled the spot,” Khan said.
The condition of the goat started deteriorating and it died around 6pm. That’s when the villagers informed police who reached the village on Thursday night.
Dr Ramvir Bhardwaj, veterinary surgeon of animal husbandry posted at Nagina said the goat died of brain haemorrhage. “It was 50 weeks pregnant. During the post-mortem examination, it was found that there was blood in her windpipe. Samples of its vaginal swabs were sent to the forensic science laboratory,” Bhardwaj said.