Defying SC order, TN youth hold jallikattu; protests across state

After rallies in Chennai and Tiruchi, activists campaigning for jallikattu held a huge rally under the banner �Voice of Jallikattu� in Coimbatore on Thursday in which nearly 10,000 students participated

Defying SC order, TN youth hold jallikattu; protests across state

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to lift the ban on jalliakattu, a traditional bull-taming sport enjoyed in Tamil Nadu during Pongal.

However, a majority section of Tamil Nadu is in favour of the sport, which is an inherent part of their culture, with many planning to defy the apex court order.

On Thursday itself, a group in Tamil Nadu went on to conduct the sport against the ban itself in Cuddalore,

India Today reported.

The group chose a patch of barren land and converted it into a temporary stadium to hold the sport. A fence was  put around and a gate or 'Vadivasal' was made for the bulls to enter the stadium.

Trained bulls from surrounding areas were brought in and jallikattu was conducted. In jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull's hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull.

However, the police intervened and arrested four members of pro-Tamil party Naam Thamizar for organising the event. The bulls were confiscated. The Hindu reported 28 persons were held in the incident.

The Indian Express reported that a students’ march in Madurai, known for jallikattu events, turned violent and police resorted to lathi-charge to control the situation.

A leading jallikattu organiser told The Indian Express, “We have been law-abiding citizens for long. But this time, the Supreme Court too joined the anti-jallikattu group by refusing to pass the order before January 14.”

Accusing the judiciary of taking a biased stand, a leading supporter of jallikattu, reportedly said: “When the Supreme Court blindly admitted video evidence from animal rights groups, it forgot two crucial things: these activists neither have a stake in peasants’ life nor a clue about how bulls are part-and-parcel of peasants’ lives.”

“The apex court did not engage a third party to probe the allegations but accepted doctored evidences submitted by animal rights groups,” he said.

After rallies in Chennai and Tiruchi, activists campaigning for jallikattu held a huge rally under the banner “Voice of Jallikattu” in Coimbatore on Thursday in which nearly 10,000 students participated, The Hindu reported.

Hundreds of youth from Kancheepuram formed a human chain in the town. A social media campaign was carried out over the past two days to get the public support. At Pudukottai, students of three institutions in the district boycotted classes.

In Puducherry, a human chain was formed and the protesters tried to lay siege to the Raj Bhavan.