What’s going on in India? On one hand, the Indian Prime Minister is coming out of nowhere and claiming that he can stave off the feared world food crisis by exporting Indian agricultural products. So that’s good, if surprising. On the other hand, news just broke that four men in India were arrested for raping a lizard.
The Hindu reported on that story, saying in a startling article that:
Four persons were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR) in Maharashtra, a forest official said on Wednesday.
[…]”During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons,” he said.
“We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now,” the forest official said.
Apparently, what happened is that the police originally arrested the men for entering Chandoli National Park. That park is part of the tiger reserve where they raped the lizard. Hinting at their intentions, one was caring a gun for hunting, according to the official.
It was then, after they were booked and arrested for illegally entering the park, that their sexual assault of the lizard came to light, as one man had stored a video of it on his phone. Things must have gotten freaky when they were supposed to be hunting.
Fortunately, there’s a part of the Indian law that can be used to charge the deviants. As the Hindu reports:
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat, said.
That act designates the type of lizard involved, the Bengal monitor lizard, as a “reserved” or protected species. “Protected” likely means that you can’t rape one of the 5-foot lizards and, if they’re found guilty of harming one of the lizards, they could face years in prison.
And that’s not even the only part of the Indian legal code that they could get in trouble under. As Breitbart reports: “Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states that “anyone who voluntarily commits intercourse with an animal ‘shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”’
So, while the crime was weird, disturbing, and obviously wrong, at least the Indian government has multiple avenues by which it can deal with the deviants, identified by The Hindu as “Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.”
We’ll see what the Indian government determines which charges to hit the four men with and how it decided to treat this weird case of bestiality, one that the forest officials almost certainly didn’t expect to discover when they arrested some poachers.
This story syndicated with permission from My Patriot Post