Kochi: A video showing a man sexually assaulting a dog is being widely circulated on social media platforms. The identity and location of the suspect are yet to be traced. Humane Society Internation-al/India has announced a reward of `1 lakh to those who provide information or leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person involved in the bestiality, a non-bailable offence.
A complaint has been filed with the police cyber crime department seeking investigation into the matter and strict action.
The video recorded by an anonymous person shows the man forcefully holding the dog and raping behind a ruined building.
The dog is heard squealing in the first part of the video and later seen help up by its tail while being subjected to bestiality.
“The pain and the fear that the dog must have endured is hard to imagine. Such violent persons often start by abusing animals, and the brutal tortures are later attempted on humans,” said N. G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India.
“Therefore, the case is grave, and we have to be concerned about it. As the reward has been announced, anyone with information about the heinous crime will come forward and talk to us, we hope.”
A similar case was repo-rted in 2016 at Kunnam-angalam, Kozhikode, by Sally Varma, senior outreach coordinator in Kerala of HSI/India. The culprit was traced and imprisoned.
“Such crimes against animals mostly go unreported. In the past, we have successfully motivated people to come forward with information through rewards and provided a number for them to reach out to,” Ms Varma said.
“There is ample evidence linking animal abuse to human violence, so we request public support to identify the culprit and help the law enforcers curb future crimes.”