SC to hear plea for permitting Jallikattu

| Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 18:21
First Published |
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear at 3 p.m. on Wednesday a bunch of petitions seeking vacation of the stay on the bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
Counsel Raja Ramana, appearing for the petitioners, told an apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that Jallikattu was a matter of faith and believers viewed bull as a god. 
He told the court that no cruelty was involved in Jallikattu, an ancient sport in which young men try to cling on to the hump of the bull for a certain amount of time in order to win prize money. 
The Supreme Court on Tuesday put a bar on Jallikattu citing cruelty to animals.
One of the oldest living ancient sports, Jallikattu is popular in four districts of southern Tamil Nadu, the bulls are specifically bred for the event. Jallikattu has led to numerous deaths in recent decades as young men try to tame well built bulls and subject them to many forms of cruelty.
The festival was banned by the UPA government when the DMK was part of the alliance. This time, the DMK had demanded that the ban on the festival be lifted.
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