In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old Pakistani boy has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting and killing a hen, which police stated was done "out of sexual frustration".
According to local media reports, the incident is believed to have taken place on 11 November in Pakistan's Punjab province and the accused was arrested two days later.
The arrest was made based on a complaint filed by Mansab Ali, the man who owned the hen.
In his complaint, Ali alleged that his neighbour Ansar Hussain "abducted" the bird and took it to his home before committing the crime. Ali also mentioned two locals as eyewitnesses in his complaint.
Hussain was arrested on Monday (13 November) after a medical examination of the hen confirmed sexual assault, police officer Sarfraz Anjum told The Express Tribune newspaper. The officer added that Hussain admitted to the crime.
"He is a 14-year-old boy and did it out of sexual frustration," the officer noted. He added that medical reports on swabs collected from the hen were still awaited.
The boy has been charged with "unnatural offence" and for killing the hen, the paper wrote. Under Pakistani law, a person convicted of unnatural offence can be jailed for a minimum two years and a maximum of life imprisonment.
The accused was produced before a magistrate on Tuesday.
In a similar incident, on 29 March this year, a Frenchman was jailed after he was caught by his wife sexually assaulting a chicken.
According to media reports, the 59-year-old man's wife and daughter reportedly planned to catch him in the act on 28 August 2016, after the daughter previously saw him molesting a hen.
They waited until he was alone in the garage and then walked in to find him with his trousers down engaged in a sex act with the bird. The shocked mother immediately began to vomit, the Rouen court heard.
The court convicted the man for "sexually abusing a domesticated animal", handing him a three-month suspended prison sentence.