A fruit vendor in the Indian state of Maharashtra stabbed a cow after the animal ate a papaya from his cart at Murud in Raigad district.
The fruit vendor, 35-year-old Taufiq Bashir Mujawar was arrested and charged with several sections of the Prevention to Animal Cruelty Act.
After the cow gulped down the papaya, Mujawar stabbed the cow in its leg and abdomen. Passers by alerted authorities and rushed to the aid of the injured cow.
The cow was given injections to stop the bleeding and was bandaged up to prevent further infection.
The punishment for killing, hurting or torturing an animal could be up to 2 years jail time or a fine or both. Fines could be as low as Rs. 10 ($0.14).
Instances of animal abuses are rather too common in India.
According to a report published by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS) 4,93,910 animals became victims of crimes committed by humans in India between 2010 and 2020.