Jallikattu is our tradition, SC cannot ban it say protesters.
On Thursday, protests erupted across Tamil Nadu after Supreme Court decided against passing an order on permitting bull-taming sport Jallikattu before January 14, when the four-day Tamil harvest festival of Pongal is slated to begin.
Students’ protest in Madurai turned violent when the Police resorted to lathi-charge in an attempt to disperse them.
The agitators however maintained that it was a peaceful protest, and they were on their way to Collector’s Office to submit a letter in support of the Jallikattu when Police stopped them.
Jallikattu, is a traditional bull-taming sport played predominantly in the Madurai and its surrounding district and is a customary sight during the three-day Pongal celebrations. The Supreme Court had banned the event in 2014, stating that it amounted to cruelty to the animals.
Earlier on Thursday, Apex Court rejected a petition seeking an order on the Jallikattu before start of Pongal festivities on January 14, saying that it was “unfair to ask Bench to pass an order”.
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