Hell of a week for wild animals in India. This story comes to you straight out of Chhattishgarh and involves a goat that was arrested for “raiding” a senior bureaucrat’s garden.
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Police arrested the goat and its owner Abdul Hassan on the insistence of district magistrate Hemant Ratre’s gardener, who said the goat had been making life difficult for him. They both face up to 7 years in prison.
Here’s a bizarre news report on the whole thing:
The Indian police described the goat as a “repeat offender”:
The judge’s bungalow has an iron gate and the goat used to jump over it and enter.
The peon who maintains the garden had warned the owner of the goat many times. So today he filed a complaint and we arrested the goat and its owner.
Abdul and his goat face charges of criminal trespass and mischief and await the court’s decision later today, after being granted bail in the meantime.
My goat scaled the boundary wall again and ate flowers and vegetables from the garden. It was taken to the police station and then the police also brought me in.
Classic India. Even the news lady in that report says as much. Animals wreak absolute havoc over there, although you’d think a trespassing goat eating your vegetables would be the least of their concerns.
At the same time, you can bet if the average person made this complaint they would have been laughed at or they would have got done for wasting everyone’s time, but as the goat was trespassing on a magistrate’s property it not only got arrested but taken to court. Just your typical corrupt criminal justice system.
Although I guess it’s not too OTT when you remember that goat that was made to face its rapist in court in Kenya.