32-year-old sexually assaults female goat in Soreng District
In a time when people are just barely recovering from the new year’s hangover, yet Sikkim has already had two cases of crime against women, including a case of POCSO.
To add to this disturbing data, the state has already filed a gruesome case of sexual assault against animals in 2023, just days into this new year.
Police from the Soreng District received an FIR against a 32-year-old on January 5, 2023, mentioning that “On January 2, the complainant’s female goat was sexually assaulted by an alleged 32-year-old in Soreng District, in the goat shed nearby the complainant’s house.”
The police report said that on January 2, 2023, at around 11:00 PM at night, the complainant noticed some commotion and heard loud noise of goat bleating incessantly, coming from a goat shed nearby her houseafter which she took a torchlight and went to verify the same.“
“Whereby she saw the alleged person sexually assaulting her female goat. Thereafter, she raised hue and cry, and one of her neighbours arrived at the spot, but the alleged person ran away from the spot.” The police report said.
The next day, complainant reported the matter to the village panchayat, and as advised by panchayat members, she lodged a written complaint at the police station in Soreng District.
A further police report also revealed that the absconding alleged person was arrested and taken into custody under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Section 11(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the case is under investigation.
Back in the year 2017, Sikkim was rated as the fourth-safest state for women in the Gender Vulnerability Index released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and here after 6 years, crime against women is being registered almost on a daily basis, according to police reports.
Further, this case of sexual assault against an animal has plucked another feather from the crown that all Sikkimese wear for being one of the safest places for women. This also makes people ask questions and point fingers concerning the position and direction of the state of Sikkim.