Goat arrested in India for grazing on judge’s lawn

Grass is not always greener on the other side — the harsh reality dawned on Babli, a female goat, when she found herself in “police custody” in India for grazing on nearby lawns.

KORIYA, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA (FEBRUARY 9, 2016) (ANI) – A female goat Babli and her owner Abdul Hassan were arrested on Tuesday (February 9) in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh for grazing on the lawn of a neighbour, a local judge.

The judge, Hemant Ratre, angered by repeated trespassing, filed a police complaint and issued an arrest order. The complaint said the animal repeatedly scaled the boundary wall and ate flowers and vegetables on the judge’s property.

Assistant Sub-Inspector, R. Srivastav confirmed that both the goat and her owner had been arrested.

“The goat’s owner has been told several times by the judge’s representative not to let the animal graze on other people’s lawns. The goat would eat up all the plants. We received a written complaint from the judge’s office on the basis of which we have registered a case. Investigation is on and the goat has been arrested,” Srivastav said.

Babli’s owner has been charged under Section 427 (damaging and destroying other’s property) and 447 (trespass) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and faces over two years in prison if proven guilty.

Hassan admitted the goat’s guilt.

“My goat has been brought to the police station. It ate up the flowers and vegetables on the lawn of the judge,” Hassan said adding that he has applied for bail for himself and Babli at a local court.