A heavily pregnant goat is believed to have been gang-raped by eight drunk men in Haryana, India. It died the following day.
The goat's owner, Aslup Khan, made a police report after noticing that his goat went missing. He claimed that the suspects are drunkards and drug addicts.
“They tried to molest her in the courtyard. When I raised an alarm, villagers caught them and thrashed them," he said, reported The Sun UK.
"Enraged, they came back eight hours later and took away my goat and raped her."
The Tribune India reported that the owner heard the pain-filled bleating sounds of his goat from a secluded house where the incident took place.
Five of the men were said to have fled the area, while three others remained and dared Aslup to call the police after they were caught in the act.
According to Aslup, the men were Savakar, Haroon, Jaffar, and five other suspects who have yet to be identified.
"One of the accused is mental. When I told them that I will file a complaint against them, they said you can do anything that you want, we will continue to do this. They don't fear getting jailed as they claim to have contacts with big people," he added, according to The New Indian Express.
The 7-year-old pregnant goat was "not able to walk" after the whole ordeal and died 24 hours later.
Dr Ramvir Bhardwaj, a veterinary surgeon of animal husbandry, said the goat died of a brain haemorrhage.
"It was 50 weeks pregnant. During the post-mortem examination, it was found that there was blood in her windpipe. Samples of its vaginal swabs were sent to the forensic science laboratory," Bhardwaj said, according to the Hindustan Times.
Police have registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits '…intercourse against the order of Nature with man, woman or animal' and under the Animal Cruelty Act.
When the news broke, enraged netizens took to Twitter to discuss the issue of rape of both people and animals in today's society.
The story has been shared thousands of times, with over 28,000 retweets along with the hashtag #JusticeForGoat, reported Gulf News India.
One Twitter user said: "What kind of a society are we going to build? How can we expect the safety of our women in a society where animals are not safe? Alas, human beings are turning into senseless creatures!"
Animal rights advocate Meet Ashar @asharmeet02 tweeted: "Shameful – pregnant goat reportedly gang-raped and killed by 8 men… There has been a steep increase in cases of sexual abuse against animals. People who are violent often start with animals as victims and then move on to humans."