That comment was made by Judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma who, on Wednesday, recommended that the cow be given the status of India's national animal. In his argument, the judge compared the cow to the national bird, the peacock, and described both the species as "pious".
This was his explanation for the piousness of the peacock - "The peacock is a lifelong brahmachari (celibate). It never has sex with the peahen. The peahen gets pregnant after swallowing the tears of the peacock".
Except that they do mate, as many on Twitter pointed out. Some even posted videos.
Twitter went into overdrive with their take on Mr Sharma's view with #brahmacharipeacock and #sanskaaripeacock appearing in many tweets.
"Peahen doesn't need to have sex to get pregnant, it just swallows 'tears' of the peacock"Brahmachari Peacock (@brumbyOz) May 31, 2017
And here is proof... pic.twitter.com/uvUDFEJrXW
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