An Indian court convicted seven people, including three tourists from Ahmedabad, and awarded them different jail terms for harassing a lioness in Gir forest in 2018.
The Judicial Magistrate First Class at Gir Gadhada, Sunik Kumar Dave order on Monday awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment to six of the accused, while another accused was sentenced to one-year in jail.
The court also directed the district collector to take custody of a land allotted to the family of one of the convicts in Dhumbakarea of Babaria range of the forest where the incident took place.
Eight people were arrested in May 2018 after a video clip surfaced on social media in which they were seen harassing a lioness by luring it with a chicken as bait.
The feline was seen making desperate attempts to grab the chicken and later got it, but not before the accused had their share of fun in teasing it
The magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 fine on each of the accused, and directed for Rs 35,000 from the amount collected to be deposited to the lion welfare fund.
The court acquitted another accused, Hasambhai Koreja, for want of evidence against him.