Bestiality: A Cruelty Towards Animal
Keywords:Bestiality, Sexual Deviance, Animal Cruelty, Human-Animal Sexual Interaction, Punishable offense, Psychological Forensic Assessment
Bestiality is a kind of sexual deviance in which an individual is involved with an animal for the gratification
of his/her sexual desires.It can be considered as a severe form of cruelty towards animals. Few societies in
the world perceived bestiality as a cure for the sexually transmitted disease. However, such conduct is a
punishable offense in the Indian legal system under Section- 377 IPC. For many years, animal cruelty has
been a concern of both legal and mental health care professionals. The psychological culture in the 1960s
acknowledged childhood animal cruelty as a possible risk factor for violent conduct againsthuman beings.
The present study aims to provide and explore the issue of human-animal sexual interactions and their
consequences in society. For this purpose, doctrinal research design has been applied and relevant research
articles, news reports,and blogs were collected from free online resources and analyzed. This research
discusses the various sexual deviations and the types of animals involved, accompanied by a comprehensive
account of the results from the few more recent studies. The studyexplains the possible motives for sex with
animals. Besides, how these motives can influence the psychological forensic assessment of offenders who
have sex with animals.
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