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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

It happens only in India

An interesting news item published in The  Times of India ,dated 13th March 2013 caught my attention.  I would like to share it with friends.
   In Trissur, Kerala, an elephant was released on bail by  the Perumbavoor first class Judicial Magistrate  Court. Does it not sound funny ? Is it possible?How can an animal be convicted in a court of Law?  Is  the Indian Penel Code applicable to animals? and many more related questions, for which no answers are  are available came to my mind. .  But it is true according to the Newspaper report.

The naughty elephant
   Techikuttukavu  Ramachandran, 3.17m tall  and   45 year old domestic elephant, who is lovingly called Raman, was arrested on a  complaint lodged by the Forest Department of Malayatoor  against the elephant, the temple and the devaswom authorities(who owned the elephant) for killing three women,when the elephant ran amock  at a temple festival in Perumbavoor on January 27th. The arrest of an elephant may be the the first known case of  arrest  on a murder charge and subsequent release  on bail in India or even else where.  He was in the custody  of forest officials after the attack. 
      The  most interesting part follows. The Devasom authorities who own the   45 year old, Raman,  had to submit a  bond  of  Rs. 30 lakh  and a surety of two persons to secure the bail. In all this  Hulla Gulla, an important point  of law seems to have been  overlooked. The naughty pachyderm  seems to have been booked for murder only, In the current Indian scenario, he should have been booked for violence against women under the provisions of the  'Violence against the Women and Children Act." Note  that he is singled out  only women for attack. Should he not be rearrested?? 


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14 comments:

  1. Really ..it can only happen in India..OMG..and what a keen analysis..great!!

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    1. Thank you odizzey. I feel flattered by words of appreciation .

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  2. Interesting.Actually they punished the owner and temple people for not providing proper attention to the elephant.In France in 14th century a pig was hanged to death at the murder of a child.

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    1. You are right,Sarala,the aim was to punish the temple authorities, but the Newspaper reported that the elephant was convicted, which sounds very funny..

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  3. Omg....can't believe it...strange too

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  4. What a strange and sad thing to happen, Usha.

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    1. Yes Panchali it is strange but true. I found it funny.

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  5. never knew about this ma;m . confused indeed about the law pertaining to animals and about the question you have out across . Insightful

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    1. I found the incident very funny. I have no idea about the legal aspects in such a case. Thanks for your observations.

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  6. He has a grouse against women? By the way the picture you have is of an African elephant.

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    1. Thanks Anil for pointing out my omission. Your comments are welcome.

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