A viral video of women holding a cobra and dancing the garba in Gujarat has led to the arrest of three women, including a 12-year-old girl.
In the video three women are seen standing in a row, with two of them holding on to the cobras with both hands, while one of them raises a sword with one hand and grabs hold of the cobra’s tail with her other hand.
The cobra is seen slithering on the ground, trying to escape the woman’s hold, while several dancers are seen performing the garba.
All the women were charged under the Wildlife (Protection) Act and arrested. The event organiser and the person who reportedly supplied the snakes were named in the complaint.
The 12-year-old girl who was reportedly involved in the incident, was sent to a juvenile court.
“The video that has gone viral on social media shows the two women and the girl holding a cobra and two non-venomous snakes while performing traditional garba dance during the recently-concluded Navratri festival. We booked five persons, including two women and a girl. The other two are organiser of the event and supplier of snakes” Deputy Conservator of Forests, Junagadh, Sunil Berwal said while speaking with the press.
All 5 were granted bail from the court.
Source : Various