DNA test on cow to settle ownership right

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 20:48 IST

A court in Kollam on Wednesday settled a two-year-long legal battle between two women over the ownership of a cow after conducting a DNA test. This is perhaps the first time a DNA test on a cow was done to settle its ownership right.

Two years ago, Geetha complained that she left her cow to graze in a nearby area but it did not return. She claimed that the cow and its calf were found in a nearby village after a few days but the alleged owner Sasilekha refused to part with the cow.

Later Geetha filed a police complaint, refusing to settle the case as both women insisted on being the cow's owners. Subsequently a case of theft was registered against Sasilekha and her son. Both of them later got bail from Kerala high court.

On further inquiry, police found that the mother of the disputed cow was alive. Soon the court ordered a DNA test on both cows. The report concluded that blood samples of disputed cow and its mother were not matching, hence, giving Sasilekha the possession of the animal.

"It is a rare case. Perhaps this is the first time a DNA test was held on a cow to find out its real owner. We are planning to seek compensation from the complainant for undue mental agony inflicted on my client," said N Chandra Babu, the counsel for Sasilekha.

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