Kadamtala, a sleepy town in North Tripura district which borders Karimganj district in Assam, has been rocked by protests over the past two days following a sexual assault on a calf by a Muslim boy.
Halim Uddin, 23, was caught by residents of the town, 176 kilometers northeast of the state capital, Agartala, as he assaulted the calf.
According to the officer in charge of Kadamtala police station, Halim was hired as a laborer at a water supply project site on the outskirts of the Hindu-majority town.
Around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, a young boy spotted Halim leading a calf to a secluded area. The kid alerted local residents who caught Halim literally in the act with his pants down.
Halim, according to locals, had tied the muzzle of the calf in order to stifle the animal’s desperate cries. The little calf was no match for Halim, a burly young man.
Local residents who caught Halim performing the unnatural sex act with the calf arrested him and called the police.
Halim was charged under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
The accused is from the village of Kotamani, near the town of Patharkandi, in Karimganj district, Assam. Police said he confessed to his crime.
The calf was taken to a local veterinary hospital and given medical help. The veterinarian in charge of the hospital confirmed the sexual assault of the calf. The police are awaiting their detailed medical examination report on the calf.
The calf, named ‘Gowri’, is said to be in severe pain but is recovering. A number of local residents and voluntary organizations have offered to help the calf’s owner with the treatment of the animal.
Kadamtala residents are now demanding that Halim be charged with stricter provisions so that he remains behind bars for a long time. They also demand strict monitoring of migrant workers from neighboring Assam.
Residents of Kadamtala say the migrant workers, almost all Muslims from Bangladesh, have been caught committing petty crimes in recent times.
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