The law is an ass: Eight donkeys are jailed in India for eating plants

Eight donkeys in India are enjoying the taste of freedom after being released from jail.

The animals were locked away for four days because they ate expensive plants outside the jail in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun district.

They were only released after a local politician came up with the bail money. When they exited the jail, they were picked up by their owner, known as Kamlesh.

The donkeys were held for four days (Picture: CEN)
The donkeys were held for four days (Picture: CEN)

‘I came here to get my donkeys released. Eight of them were locked up for four days,’ he said.

Head constable RK Mishra told news agency ANI: ‘These donkeys had destroyed some very expensive plants which our senior officer had arranged for planting inside the jail and despite warnings, the owner let loose his animals here so we detained the donkeys.’


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It was reported that the donkeys caused about £700 worth of damage to the plants at the front of the Orai jail.

The facility’s superintendent, Sita Ram Sharma, said: ‘There is no such law wherein we can arrest donkeys.

The donkeys destroyed some expensive plants (Picture: CEN)
The donkeys destroyed some expensive plants (Picture: CEN)

‘They were confined for four days to teach a lesson to their owner who did not pay attention to our warnings.

‘We let go of the animals on Monday only after Kamlesh gave us a written affidavit that from now on he will not allow his animals to roam in residential areas or places of public importance.’