Refuting the value that whatever is old, shall be carried forward by all generations, Supreme Court on Tuesday has set August 23 as the final date of hearing of the controversial bull fighting sport, Jallikattu. Popular in Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu is a sport that has received much protests over the years. The sport was banned by the apex court in January, 2016 leading to protests in Tamil Nadu. The Animal Welfare Board of India had challenged a notification issued by the Centre which stated that the ban on Jallikattu be lifted.
Headed by Justice Dipak Misra, the Bench was asked to lift the ban over the sport as it was an age-old practice and should be carried on by the generations to come. In a sharp response to this argument, SC stated that in earlier times, child marriage was common, which doesn’t imply that it was a justified practice. It was an old practice, which now has been effectively banned.
Back in 2014, the Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu, stating that bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or for bullock-cart races.
Organisers of Jallikattu argue that this are practice is closely associated with village life, especially in the southern districts. The bulls are specifically identified, trained and nourished for these sporting events, and their owners spend considerable amount to nurture them.