Two Muslim sisters in India have been arrested for allegedly killing a stray dog.
The two women, both in their 20s, were arrested by police on Sunday at their residence in the city of Amritsar, police said.
They are being held in police custody.
They were initially charged with cruelty to animals, animal cruelty, and cruelty to humans.
Amritsars police spokesperson, Anees Kumar, said the two were charged under sections 302, 302A and 307, the sections of the Indian Penal Code that relate to animal cruelty.
The case comes after a dog in the area was attacked and killed by two Muslim women in February, police allege.
They say the dog was found dead on a farm on a quiet street, and a complaint was lodged.
Amnesty International India condemned the alleged attack, saying that it is “an attack on the dignity of animals”.
“It is shocking that a Muslim woman is responsible for killing a dog, a companion animal, on the street in India.
The death of the dog, which had already been suffering a serious illness, should not have happened,” Amnesty India’s Director-General, Anurag Verma, said.