Parrot arrested in India for 'swearing at 85-year-old woman'

Published: August 19, 2015

INDIA: Police detained a parrot in Maharashtra, India on Tuesday after an 85-year-old woman filed a complaint against it for making obscene remarks at her.

The parrot, named Hariyal, was reportedly trained for two years by its owner, Suresh Sakharkar, to abuse his stepmother, Janabai. Hariyal would allegedly hurl abuses at Janabai every time she walked past Sakharkar’s house.

“I am being harassed for the last two years,” Janabai told Zee News. “On seeing me, the parrot uses bad language and foul words.

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“That is why I have complained thrice in the last two years. Police called me, Suresh and the parrot to the police station. Police should investigate and seize the parrot.”

Investigating the matter, police watched Hariyal carefully but didn’t “utter a word in front.”  Police Inspector P S Dongre told reporters, “There is a dispute over land and property between the woman and her stepson. We watched the parrot carefully but it did not utter a word at the police station after being confronted by the complainant.”

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No charges were pressed against Hariyal. However, he was handed over to the forestry department of the state.

This not the first time birds have been criminally investigated in India, earlier a pigeon was detained over suspicion of carrying out spy activities for Pakistan.

The article originally appeared on Zee News.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Patrotic Baloch
    Aug 19, 2015 - 3:46PM

    Happens only in India.Recommend

  • Doctor
    Aug 19, 2015 - 3:48PM

    After arresting pigeons and parrots, India should place a ban on birds.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 19, 2015 - 4:28PM

    Indians never fail to to amuse me. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 19, 2015 - 5:04PM

    …..and a pigeon is in jail for being a spy. Why this discrimination against birds ? Recommend

  • hellboy
    Aug 19, 2015 - 5:43PM

    @Patrotic Baloch: A least India is not allowing like your arab master to hunt for endangered birds.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Aug 19, 2015 - 6:29PM

    I.m intrigued by parrot and his master’s ingenuity Recommend

  • Aug 19, 2015 - 11:06PM

    India is the land of bunyas, foul mouthed parrots, spy pigeons,
    ancient plastic surgery [5000 years old] grafting elephant head
    on a human …on and on it goes.Recommend

  • George
    Aug 19, 2015 - 11:18PM

    Level of news in Pakistan XDRecommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 20, 2015 - 12:34AM

    First pigeon and now parrot the arrest of these two birds clearly indicates the mentality of Indian law enforcers. The Indian government should check the mental health of its officers, my advise for India is to banned all animals in India. It is 100% true IT ONLY HAPPENS IN INDIARecommend

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