A court in Nepal has sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for killing a cow.
A district court in Dang, located nearly 280 kilometres west of Kathmandu, sentenced accused Maghe Pun this week after it was established that he had killed a cow belonging to one Lakshmi Pun two months ago.
Cow slaughter is a major crime in Hindu-dominated Nepal where the animal is considered sacred. The maximum punishment for killing a cow is 12 years jail. But while killing a cow is illegal, eating its meat is not.
According to Nepali news website Setopati, the owner of the cow had lodged a police complaint on October 19 that the accused had killed the animal by striking its head with a shovel.
In 2006, another district court in Sankhuasabha had sentenced a 50-year-old woman to 12 years in prison on the same charges. In that case, the court verdict was announced within two weeks of the incident.