"I found out that one day at the temple, Lakshmi had eaten her mahout's [caretaker's] vegetables that he'd left unattended," she says.
So, in a fit of rage, the man beat her "mercilessly."
A veterinarian, whom Iyer says she never saw over the course of her five-day visit, claimed that Lakshmi simply had an eye infection. "It's a veterinarian's job to pour eye drops, but he never showed up," Iyer says. Rather, the mahouts - "with their filthy hands and nails caked with dirt ... brutally forced their fingers into [Lakshmi's] eye."
Mahouts forcing Lakshmi to keep her eye openSangita Iyer