A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against eight men for allegedly gang-raping a pregnant goat, which led to her death, in the town of Mewat in Nuh district in Haryana, following complaints filed by PETA India and others with the local police. PETA India worked with Nuh’s Superintendent of Police and the Nagina Police Station’s Station House Officer to get an FIR registered under Sections 377 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Sections 11(1)(a) and 11(1)(l) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Of the eight accused men, three have been identified, but all of them are on the run. The police are expecting to nab them soon. A post-mortem of the goat was conducted at the local government veterinary hospital, and the samples collected were sent to a state forensic laboratory in Madhuban for further investigation.
Several recent cases of cruelty to animals have signified the need for harsher penalties, including the following: a housing colony security guard was caught regularly sexually abusing a resident female stray dog in a washroom, a Bengaluru woman killed eight puppies, Chennai medical students threw a puppy off a roof, and Vellore medical students tortured a monkey to death. According to mental-health and law-enforcement authorities, people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often move on to hurting humans. In a study of domestic violence victims, 60 per cent of women said that their abusive partners had harmed or killed their dogs or other animals.
PETA India has long campaigned to strengthen the PCA Act, 1960, which contains outdated penalties, such as a maximum fine of only Rs 50 for convicted first-time offenders.
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