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Adivasi Woman punished for bushmeat trade

Adivasi Woman punished for bushmeat trade

A court in Bahraich, Uttar-Pradesh State of India, has sentenced an Adivasi Woman to five years and three months of rigorous imprisonment and also, imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 for bushmeat trade on 08 Apr 2011.

Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) said that, Dilipo, who belongs to the Bawaria Adivasi community (The Bawarias are a nomadic tribal community, traditionally bushmeat hunters), was convicted and sentenced by chief judicial magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri.

"She was arrested after two kg of tiger meat and bones were seized on January 7, 2007, from a hideout in Lakhimpur by the forest department. A leg trap, a mobile set, a device used to remove animal nails and a telephone diary were also seized on January 12 from her accomplice Kalicharan, After interrogating Kalicharan, it emerged that Dilipo had sold the skin of the same tiger for Rs 40,000"- TNN.

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi said that - This conviction will go a long way as a deterrent to poachers who regularly indulge in wildlife crimes and will send a strong message to the public.

With Input from TNN dated Apr 8, 2011

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