Elephant custody case: Tamil Nadu refuses to return temple elephant Joymala to Assam

16 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Assam and Tamil Nadu engaged in a verbal spat on Thursday after the latter refused to give back the leased elephants it had taken from Assam, including temple elephant Joymala.

Assam and Tamil Nadu engaged in a verbal spat on Thursday after the latter refused to give back the leased elephants it had taken from Assam, including temple elephant Joymala.

In response to a PIL brought by the Assam government, the Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court that it would not be returning the leased elephants. The news of the torture of elephants prompted the Assam government to ask the Gauhati High Court for instructions on how to retrieve the elephants, including temple elephant Joymala, which the state had leased to Tamil Nadu.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published a video alleging that Joymala was being exposed to maltreatment at a temple in Tamil Nadu, which sparked this dispute.

Assam and Tamil Nadu engaged in a verbal spat on Thursday after the latter refused to give back the leased elephants it had taken from Assam, including temple elephant Joymala.

In response to a PIL brought by Assam government, the Tamil Nadu government informed Madras High Court that it would not be returning the leased elephants. The news of the torture of elephants prompted the Assam government to ask the Gauhati High Court for instructions on how to retrieve the elephants, including temple elephant Joymala, which the state had leased to Tamil Nadu.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published a video alleging that Joymala was being exposed to maltreatment at a temple in Tamil Nadu, which sparked this dispute.