Goat arrested in India for feeding on judge’s lawn

Goat arrested for feeding on judge’s lawn in India, owner faces up to two years in prison

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A goat is seen in an undated handout photo from the Department of Agriculture.

Grass is not always greener on the other side -- the harsh reality dawned on Babli, a goat, when she found herself in "police custody" for grazing in nearby lawns.

Babli and her owner Abdul Hassan are now cooling their heels in a police station.

Babli was arrested on Tuesday morning for repeatedly entering the lawn of Hassan's neighbour, a judge by profession. Hassan, a small farmer, too was arrested. The arrest orders were given by Hassan's neighbour himself.

Miffed over repeated trespassing by the animal, the judge asked his peon to file a police complaint against Babli and Hassan to teach them a lesson.

According to the complaint Babli would often scale the boundary wall and eat up flowers and vegetables grown there.

Assistant Sub-Inspector, R. Srivastav, said the complainant had claimed that he had repeatedly warned Hassan but he did nothing to stop his goat.

"The goat's owner had been told several times by the judge's peon to not let the animal graze in their lawn. The goat would eat up all the plants. We received a written complaint from the peon on the basis of which we have registered a case. Investigation is on and the goat has been arrested," said Srivastav.

Babli has been charged under Section 427 (damaging and destroying other's property) and 447 (trespass) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and faces over two years in prison if proved guilty.

Meanwhile, a visibly hassled Hassan is still trying to come to terms with the turn of events.

"My goat has been brought to the police station," said Hassan. When asked about the fault of his goat he added, "My goat ate up the flowers and vegetables in the lawn of the magistrate."

Fates of Babli and Hassan hang in balance now. The owner has applied for bail in a local court for himself and his pet.

TRTWorld, Reuters