Police have booked the eight men in a village in Haryana’s Mewat district for raping a goat Wednesday night after they were caught in the act by horrified owner of the goat.
Police said the accused are locals and alleged history-sheeters. 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.
Nazneen Bhasin, superintendent of police, Nuh, said Sunday morning;
“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,”
The owner a 27-year-old Khan, a truck driver 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. He said;
“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.”
Khan said they caught hold of them and beat them up, but were let off later as they were in an inebriated state and were regular offenders. He further 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 paralysed,” Khan said.
Police said one of the accused met Khan the next day and mocked him over the condition of the goat.
“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 goat started deteriorating and it died around 6pm. That’s when the villagers informed police who reached the village on Thursday night.
“We informed the veterinary surgeon as the post-mortem had to be conducted and booked the men involved in the sexual assault,” Bhasin said.