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  1. Organisers defy Jallikattu ban, event organised in many Tamil Nadu villages

Organisers defy Jallikattu ban, event organised in many Tamil Nadu villages

149 persons were detained in Madurai district for staging protests against the ban and bulls were also seized.

By: | Updated: January 15, 2017 2:29 PM

 

Jallikattu ban: The Supreme Court had banned the sport but villagers defied the ban on Saturday and Sunday during Pongal celebrations. (File Photo) Jallikattu ban: The Supreme Court had banned the sport but villagers defied the ban on Saturday and Sunday during Pongal celebrations. (File Photo)

Villagers in Tamil Nadu’s Palamedu offer special prayers, conduct a symbolic Jallikattu event, defying SC’s order. Police deployment in Palamedu and other villages in Madurai for effective implementation of SC’s order banning, said ANI report. “Have deployed forces at all arenas where Jallikattu takes place,we are sensitising people about SC’s order,” said Vijayendra Bidari SP Madurai.

Villagers hold Jallikattu in Paraipatti (Madurai, TN) despite SC’s ban. Police suspended the event and dispersed the participants.

Jallikattu was reportedly held in Madurai, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Salem and Tirpur in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and Sunday, according to a report in ANI. Jallikattu a sport played with cattles such as bulls was banned by SC on Thursday. Protests broke out amongst all social sections of the state and Jallikattu was organised. People were arrested by police, said some reports and bulls were also seized.

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Whereas, SC has banned the sport since last year and is supported by many animal NGOs like People for Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), villagers believe that they do not understand the religious significance of the sport. The sport looks like the bulls are being pushed, pulled and beaten during the match so as to be tamed. In Vadam Jallikattu, the bull is tied using a long rope and many would gather around it to tame it. In another version of the sport, a black cloth is tied on the horns of the bulls and people hold it and pull the bull.

Huge rallies took place across the state and organisers reportedly also vowed to hold Jallikattu at Azhagumalai near Pongalur on January 17. Yesterday, 149 persons were detained in Madurai district for staging protests against the ban. The Supreme Court on Thursday had said it could not give its verdict on Jallikattu before Pongal. DMK Working President M K Stalin had led a protest in Chennai on Friday in this regard, according a PTI report.

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