Supreme court strikes down plea to revisit Jallikattu ban; protest erupts

Supreme court strikes down plea to revisit Jallikattu ban; protest erupts

The Supreme Court has rejected the plea, urging it to revisit the Jallikattu ban before the harvesting festival, Pongal. Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming event held in the India state of Tamil Nadu, as a part of Pongal celebrations. The sport was banned by the apex court on the grounds of animal cruelty. After the ban, state government had filed the review petition but the court upheld its order and hence, the ban stayed.

A bench led by Justice Deepak Mishra said that it was ‘completely unfair to ask the bench to pass an order by a particular date.’

People, Politicians hold protests

The state opposition party, DMK is holding protest across Tamil Nadu against the Supreme Court verdict. Party has blamed the ruling AIADMK of not giving due time and importance to the issue.

Party’s working President, MK Stalin said, ‘Jallikattu is our tradition but the centre and state government have failed to get us the permission to conduct it.’

‘The centre should bring an ordinance immediately and state should ensure that it is followed’, he added.

After the SC order, many people come down to the streets and protested against the order. Things took ugly turn when students’ march in Madurai turned violent and police lathi-charged them to control the situation. Protesters said that they are not against the Supreme Court but they cannot tolerate the ‘onslaught’ of Tamil culture.

Defying the ban, many Jallikattu supporters conducted the sports in various areas of the state.

‘There is so much more to Pongal festival than taunting bulls’: PETA

Taking stand against the bull-taming event, an official of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Pets) said, ‘there is much more to Pongal festival than taunting-bulls, including praying, singing songs, garlanding and decorating bulls, eating sweets, provide god with offering and more’.

‘Purpose of the festival is to thank the nature and celebrate life’, he added.

Many Animal Welfare Organizations have protested against the practice of Jallikattu and PETA is one of them. Such organizations claim that Jallikattu is promoted as bull-taming event and it exploits bulls’ natural nervousness as prey animals by deliberately placing them in a terrifying situation.

Cruel practices against animals are prohibited in India under the prevention of cruelty to animals act, 1960. Such practices involve dogfighting, cockfighting, bull fighting among others.