Jallikattu row comes to rest: 10-point timeline on what led to legalisation of bull-taming sport

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New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2017 8:18:16 PM

The sports, which was legalised by state, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, then what led to violent protests two years after? Here's is 10 point timeline of the entire Jallikattu row.

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After week-long protests, the Tamil Nadu State Assembly on Monday overturned Supreme Court order banning controversial bull-taming sport of Jallikattu. The assembly passed a bill replacing an ordinance to legalise the bull-taming sports. After clearance of the bill, the row is expected to come to an end. The sports, which was legalised by state, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, then what led to violent protests two years after? Here’s is 10 point timeline of the entire Jallikattu row.

Here is a 10 point timeline on what led to legalisation of Jallikatu row:

1)PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and AWBI (Animal Welfare Board of India) first filed a plea against Jallikatu in the year 2004. In 2010, the apex court allowed cultural sport to be played for a period of five months in a year. However, it completely banned Jallikattu in 2014.

2) In June, 2016, the issue once again came in front of  Supreme Court. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra issued an order warning the Tamil Nadu government, for carrying out the sports. “Jallikattu cannot be merely allowed just because it was a century-old tradition. Whether it shall be continued will be decided legally,” Justice Mishra said.

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3) However, O Panneerselvam who took over as the Chief Minister after Jayalalithaa’s death, had vowed to start Jallikattu again on the auspicious day of Pongal. The state once again filed a fresh appeal to allow Tamilians organise Jallikattu.

4) However, in a setback to O Paneerselvam’s intensions,  the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Banumathi on January 12, 2017, declined to issue an interim order to allow Jallikattu just before Pongal.  The bench remarked, “Though the draft of the judgment is ready, it’s not possible to pass the verdict before Saturday when it is to be held. We also want to say that it is unfair of the petitioner to ask the bench to pass an order.”

5) At this point, Supreme Court’s deferring of the much-awaited verdict led to the mass protests. Thousands of protestors, mostly students, thronged Chennai’s Marina beach angered by the apex court’s stance.

6) In wake of mass protests, state government, led by Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, approached centre requesting promulgate an ordinance allowing Jallikattu.

7)The centre,  led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  cleared an ordinance on Thursday which legalised Jallikattu was cleared by the centre. PM Modi, after clearing the ordinance, said that all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people.

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8) The state government, after receiving Centre’s assurance on its support for efforts to conduct the sport,  followed constitutional route and issued an ordinance amending the relevant provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The AIADMK regime called a special assembly on January 23 to replace ordinance with a bill.

9) Scenes on January 23: Weeks long protests demanding leagalisation of bull-taming sports turned violent. The agitators went on a rampage, setting vehicles on fire at a few places, including in front of Ice House Police Station near the beach.

10) Bill passed: Jallikattu Bill passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously. Bull-taming in the state of Tamil Nadu has been legalised. Supreme Court ban overturned.

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