He arrived at the police station with four cows and a complaint.
The creatures weren’t just failing to provide milk, wrote Raamaia, a farmer from the southwestern Indian village of Sidlipura, in the December 1 complaint to officials in the nearby town of Holehonnur.
They were also kicking his wife when she tried to milk them, he said.
“I graze these cows very well,” he wrote in Kannada, a language spoken mainly in Karnataka, the state where Sidlipura and Holehonnur are located.
“Cow’s milk is very dear to me and my wife,” he added. “It would be the right thing for me to collect the milk. Do me justice. “
Somewhat taken aback by the complaint, officers took Raamaia to a nearby veterinary hospital, Inspector Lakshmipathi Ramachandrappa Lambani, the station’s police chief, said by phone on Thursday.
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“My staff found the whole thing quite amusing,” he said in Hindi, adding that the staff had told him that they thought the farmer might have been under the influence of alcohol because of his behavior and smell.
Having dismissed it as little more than peculiar, the officers returned to their more regular duties.
But local media soon caught on to the complaint and the story went viral when a variety of memes quickly appeared on social media.
“Is someone giving you propaganda about cow rights?” Asked a Twitter user @SelfDoubtist.
Another @Gemini_blr asked if the farmer had been trying to get milk from a bull.
“I found it funny too,” Lambani said. “It was a very ‘different’ type of complaint.”
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"