Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma at the Rajasthan High Court’s Jaipur Bench recommended that the Centre declare the cow as a national animal but it was his comment on peacocks being celibate that flew around social media on Wednesday.
Justice Sharma also recommended life imprisonment as the punishment for cow slaughter in India.
The High Court judge issued a slew of directives while disposing a Public Interest Litigation moved by Jago Janata Society about the conditions at Hingonia Gaushala in Jaipur.
Justice Sharma’s controversial remarks have come on the back of the government’s notification banning the sale of cattle slaughter and increasing violent attacks by cow vigilantes on people suspected of transporting bovine animals for slaughter.
While elaborating his rationale on why the cow should be made a national animal, Justice Sharma drew parallels with peafowl who he said are pious.
In an interview to CNNnews18, Sharma said that peacocks are celibate their entire lives and that a peahen gets pregnant by swallowing the tears of a peacock.
“Peacock has pious qualities just like cow — Peahen doesn’t need to have sex to get pregnant, it just swallows ‘tears’ of the peacock” pic.twitter.com/unwucmOFLJ
— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 31, 2017
But BOOM did a quick online search on peafowl courtship.
Below is a video explaining the elaborate song and dance routine a peacock puts on to impress a female in its fanning courtship ritual.
Among peafowl, only the peacock possess a long tails with majestic feathers because the burden of impressing is on him.
Peahen think the more impressive the tail of a peacock, the better the genes she will pass on to her young.
Watch this young male unsuccessfully woo the peahens around him.
And if you are still not convinced that peacocks mate, here’s a graphic video showing the process.