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Madhya Pradesh: Man caught for allegedly raping a cow in Raisen, accused arrested

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BHOPAL: A 51-year-old farmer has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh's Raisen after his video of allegedly raping a cow went viral on June 3, the police said.

According to police, the accused was identified as Nandkishore Khamra, a resident of Camp No. 3 of Sultanpur locality of Raisen district. He owns dozens of acres of farm land in the village and pets many animals including a cow.

 On June 3, the Sultanpur police allegedly received an eight minute long video of Kharma in which he can be seen indulging in an unnatural sex with his pet cow. Based on the video evidence, the police registered an FIR on a complaint of Bharat Kharma (53), a resident of the same village, under section 377 (Unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

 "On complaint of Bharat Kharma, an FIR has been registered against Nandkishore Khamra under section 377 of the IPC and he has been arrested in the following hours," said Amresh Bohare, Town Inspector of Sultanpur police station of Raisen district. "We are also planning to invoke sections of Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act 1960 upon investigation."

Nevertheless, a social activist and journalist of Nav Bharat Hindi daily Mathew Joseph alleged that the town inspector of Sultanpur police station Amresh Bohare has allegedly taken Rs 1.5 lakh bribe from the accused Nanadkishore Khamra to hush up the matter. But, the FIR registered after Superintendent of Police (SP), Raisen Monika Shukla intervened upon his complaint.

He claimed, "Three days have passed but the TI Amresh did not register the FIR despite locals’ outrage. But, the FIR registered when he complained to the SP, Raisen Monika Shukla requesting anonymity. However, someone leaked my name and now local cops are threatening to frame me in a false case of SC/ST Atrocities," he said in a 3-minute long video.

 "Can someone can take bribe in case related to rape of a sacred animal like Cow? This is heinous and inhuman. Hence, I reported it to SP Raisen," Joseph said over the phone. Worried that he could be framed in false cases, Joseph dashed off a two-page letter to Director General of Police Vivek Johri seeking protection.

 When contacted, Superintendent of Police, Raisen Monika Shukla said, "This is true that the Sultanpur Police registered the FIR against Nandkishore Kharma upon my intervention after a local journalist complained to me about the matter. Subsequently, the FIR was registered and the accused arrested."

 On Joseph's allegation of leaking his name she said, "He might have leaked his own name to show off his power after the FIR registered upon his complaint. Although, I have not received any complaint from Joseph yet. Will take appropriate action if he does," she added. [Representative photo: Kindel media, Pexels]