Pet dog brutally beaten up in Arithang, now dead; perpetrators suspected of bestiality

On September 10, a photo along with a post went viral on social media platforms in Sikkim where a dog covered with a blanket was pictured, the post attached read that some miscreants had cruelly beaten up the pet dog along with other wounds that pointed towards bestiality

Pet dog brutally beaten up in Arithang, now dead; perpetrators suspected of bestiality
Picture Courtesy: Nikita Diyali

On September 10, a photo along with a post went viral on social media platforms in Sikkim where a dog covered with a blanket was pictured, the post attached read that some miscreants had cruelly beaten up the pet dog along with other wounds that pointed towards bestiality.

Beastiality means ‘sexual relations between a person and an animal', which in India, fortunately, owing to Section 377 is illegal. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was introduced in 1861 during the British rule of India and later on September 6, 2018, after decriminalizing homosexuality from Section 377 by a Supreme Court judgment, left were the acts of sex with minors, non-consensual sexual acts, and bestiality was retained and was still deemed as crimes in Section 377 post-2018.

On September 10, the owner of the pet dog upon finding him missing from the night before had lodged an FIR on Thursday around 3 P.M.OIn the same night around 9 P.M- 10 P.M. the pet dog was found lying on the road below Hotel Sher-E-Punjab, Arithang, Gangtok with multiple cuts and wounds all over his body. The dog was rushed to the Government Veterinary Polyclinic, Hospital, Tadong, and initially for the night survived but on Friday succumbed to his injuries and passed away. The doctors at the veterinary hospital where he was treated had told the owners that it seemed to be a case of bestiality. 

The owner of the pet dog, Guteshwar Saha, a resident of Arithang, Gangtok has lodged an FIR under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code, R/W Sec 11 of prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960. As of yet no there have been no leads in regard to the suspects, while the post mortem results of the dog which will prove if an act of bestiality has or has not been committed will only be issued after September 14.

Sikkim Chronicle spoke to Dr. Thinlay, Joint Director, Sikkim Anti-Rabies & Animal Health (SARAH) who informed us that while we will have to wait for the post mortem results until Monday, there is no denying that it is a case of cruelty against the dog who was hurt and maimed intentionally and knowingly. He added that while bestiality at the moment cannot be confirmed,  there were injuries to the dog’s rectum and it seemed that some foreign object was inserted rectally into the pet dog. While there wasn't any semen sample found in the dog, it could be Dr. Thinley clarified because the dog might have licked its wounds while in pain hence removing any semen sample, this can bee confirmed only after the post results are issued. 

This case of extreme brutality and cruelty has confused and left the Sikkimese public shocked at the atrocity, this isn't the first time that such a case was reported in Sikkim. Just in July and August of 2020, two separate neighbours have killed pet dogs in Rongyek, East Sikkim, and Rinchenpong, West Sikkim over small disputes. 

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