Karnataka: Demand to allow bull sport hori habba rises

Hori habba is a popular rural sport in Shivamogga, Haveri and Davangere districts.

Karnataka: Demand to allow bull sport hori habba rises

Following the Chennai agitation for jalllikattu, similar demand is rising in Karnataka’s Shivamogga region to lift the ban on hori habba, a bull-taming event.

A meeting of enthusiasts of hori habba was held in Shikaripur town on Monday evening under the aegis of the Hori Habba Abhimani Balaga, in which a resolution was passed to demand lifting of the ban.

The meeting decided to hold protests in Shikaripur, Sorab and Shivamogga and submit memorandum to the government demanding withdrawal of the ban,

The Hindu reported. The enthusiasts of hori habba are using social media platforms to mobilise support.

Though no case was filed against conducting hori habba, the district administration in Shivamogga has taken an unilateral decision to ban the event.

Hori habba is a popular rural sport in Shivamogga, Haveri and Davangere districts. The deaths caused by bulls goring those who attempt to catch them and in stampede were reported regularly in these events in the recent times. In the wake of death of two persons after they were gored by a bull in Tallur village in Sorab taluk on January 2, the district administration in Shivamogga imposed a blanket ban on the event.