SC refuses to allow Jallikattu

Jan 14, 2017, 00:35
SC refuses to allow Jallikattu

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had said the state government will ensure that the sport is held across rural areas in the state.

The Supreme court had in November past year dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement that banned use of bulls for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

A day after activists of Naam Tamizhar organised jallikattu on the outskirts of the coastal town of Cuddalore, villagers in Karisalkulam in Madurai and a few other villagers in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur organised symbolic events.

Protests erupted across the state, condemning the Centre for not taking steps to enable the smooth conduct of the bull-taming sport.

"Jallikattu is a traditional sporting event of Tamil Nadu and is an essential part of the Pongal celebrations". The court noted that any flouting of the ban will result in penalties under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

On January 12, 2017, the apex court secured its verdict on the bull taming sport by January 14, 2017. Stalin demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's immediate intervention in the matter which has triggered a political race, especially among Dravidian parties, for one-upmanship.

In January 2016, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change issued a notification permitting the use of bulls for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

South Indian film actress Trisha faced the heat of angry Jallikattu protesters on Friday with youths holding up the shooting of her film in Tamil Nadu for endorsing PETA animal welfare organisation's stand against Jallikattu.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court said it was not possible to deliver the verdict on jallikattu before Saturday, the beginning of the Pongal festival.

SC rejected the plea to lift ban on Jallikattu.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had dismissed the plea just two days prior to Pongal on the same and said that it can't allow the sport in the state to happen.

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