While in a certain part of the world, a dog saved the lives of 2 students, in another, a horse that had been faithfully serving police for so many years was beaten mercilessly, leading to her losing one of her hind legs, and nearly dying. Shaktiman, the police horse who was attacked by BJP Lawmaker, Ganesh Joshi during a protest on Monday, 14th March, had to have her left hind leg amputated by doctors, to prevent the spread of gangrene.

Doctors felt that the horse might lose its life by morning due to the spread of gangrene, so we decided to amputate its leg urgently.”

– said Uttarakhand police chief BS Sidhu.

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Having gone through a 5-hour surgery by a team of 10 doctors, Shaktiman was fitted with a prosthetic limb, that will hopefully help her walk again. Footage of the 14-year-old police horse hobbling in pain, dragging it’s broken, bloodied hind leg had surfaced on TV, invoking emotional outrage all across the country. The hashtag #PrayForShaktiman became a trending topic on Twitter as the news spread.

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The video footage shows Ganesh Joshi holding a stick and poised to strike, but does not show him actually hitting her, and thus, there hasn’t been any action taken against him. However, another man, BJP worker Pramod Bora, who was seen dragging down the policeman riding Shaktiman and pulling at its saddle and reins, causing its fall, was arrested today.

shaktiman the horse

Over the past three days, Shaktiman had to be warded from a crowd of visitors, including politicians, and a makeshift barricade was built around her by policemen. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has said that he will make sure that she gets the best treatment possible. However, doctors said that she may never be able to walk or run like before.

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The worst part is that the prosthetic limb might not be able to help either. Horses have immense upper body weight, and sleep standing up, putting their weight on three legs while taking the weight of the fourth. This way, they rest each leg in turn. Now that Shaktiman has only three strong legs, she will not be able to sleep properly, which in turn will slowly take away several years from her life.

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These are dark times indeed, when we are so preoccupied with shouting National slogans and proclaiming our patriotic pride, but this is how we treat a helpless animal who has been serving our country faithfully ever since she was a 3-year old colt.

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