Photo feature: Protesters hit Delhi streets against Jallikattu ban
Supporters of the traditional sport also gathered in Delhi today, putting pressure on the central government to find an urgent solution for the issue
In what is being called as a Tamil Nadu version of the Arab Spring, the waves of protest in support of Jallikattu hit Tamil Nadu days back and now spreading across the country.
Supporters of the traditional sport also gathered in Delhi today, putting pressure on the central government to find an urgent solution for the issue.
Here are few pictures of the protests held in Delhi, captured by Naradanews.com Chief Photographer Vijay Pandey.
Receiving widespread support from the public, the protesters have gathered in several places including Marina Beach in Chennai, demanding the lift of a ban imposed on the bull-taming sport and also strict action against animal rights group PETA for lobbying against the sport. The Supreme Court of India had in 2014 banned Jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty
TN Chief Minister O Paneerselvam on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking an ordinance in favour of the traditional bull-taming sport. However, PM Modi said no ordinance can be made because the matter” is presently sub-judice.”
TN CM O Panneerselvam earlier also urged the supporters to return home, saying that Jallikattu is our traditional right and he has faith that the Centre will deliver justice.
Demanding a ban on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), protesters shouted slogans denouncing the animal rights organisation and the Centre for hurting the sentiments of Tamils.
Tamil historian AR Venkatachalapathy had said argued that banning of Jallikattu will result in an increase of cultural and traditional insecurities of the Tamil people.
Scholars also argue that one of the sealstones discovered from the site (2500 BC) actually depicts Eruthazhuval, a more traditional name for the sport, reports said.