Is bestiality illegal in India?

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Perhaps the question is rude and unpleasant but I’m asking it because I bumped into the answer on the Internet. And this site is about cats and animals in general. Having sex with a domestic cat would probably kill the cat but having sex with a domestic dog probably wouldn’t injure the dog but I don’t know. I can only guess. The topic is so untouchable that a search on the Internet didn’t help me on bestiality with dogs or cats. People don’t like to think about it and I don’t blame them.

There are many larger animals in India more suitable to acts of bestiality which is governed in terms of its criminality by section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which states as follows:

  1. Unnatural offences: Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine. Explanation: Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section.

This is the section of India’s penal code that makes it a crime to have sex with an animal. They call it “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. As you can see, penetration constitutes carnal intercourse. And it is against the order of nature for a human to have sex with an animal and therefore under this section it is a crime and the punishment extraordinarily is very heavy, extending to a life term in prison or imprisonment up to 10 years together with a fine. I guess the punishment depends upon the severity of the individual crime.

Comment: I have to conclude that this law, although written in an old-fashioned language because it was introduced in 1861 during the British rule of India, is superior to the Spanish law on the same topic. In Spain you can have sex with an animal as long as you don’t injure the animal!

FYI, this particular section of the penal code makes it a crime for an adult to have sex with a minor and nonconsensual sexual acts which I presume means rape.

FYI, ‘zoophile’ is the term used to describe a person who is sexually attracted to non-humans. ‘Zoophilia’ means a morbid condition in which a person has a sexual attraction to animals.

How common is bestiality across the globe? A quick search of the Internet indicates that between 2% 13% of people are attracted to having sex with animals. So, it’s not that uncommon. Those percentages will translate into millions of people. I think that information validates this page.

Please, I do not want a comment from an Indian person living in India complaining that I have asked the question in the title. I am entitled to ask the question in the title. We need to be realistic. There are people out there engaged in acts of bestiality and some of them live in India. The link below goes to an article about a man who was doing just that.

Picture of a man in an act of bestiality with a dog

Please search using the search box at the top of the site. You are bound to find what you are looking for.

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3 thoughts on “Is bestiality illegal in India?”

  1. “Bestiality refers to sexual intercourse between a person and an animal and it is a crime under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.”

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