Supreme Court has flatly refused to lift the ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu right now. This is going to be a setback for the state government that had claimed that it will allow the bull taming fight during Pongal this year.
The apex court while hearing the petition seeking expedition of its judgment on the issue said that it cannot fast track it right now. The court further said that while the judgment has been prepared, it is not expected to be delivered before Saturday when Pongal will be celebrated in Tamil Nadu.
The court had banned Jallikkattu in the year 2014 over cruelty to the animals. Thousands of people are reportedly injured and many even killed during such bullfighting matches. Reports suggest that since the year 2000 till 2014 when it was banned by the court as many as 200 people were killed in Jallikattu.
Now the apex court’s statement comes a day after the Centre said “things are ready” on its side, and that it will wait for the order of the court which it hoped will do justice so that people can celebrate festival as per tradition.
On the other hand the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had said the state government will ensure that the sport is held across rural areas in the state.
The chief minister went on to add “Myself and the Tamil Nadu government, who follow in the footsteps of Amma (Jayalalithaa), will ensure that Jallikattu is held. We will not back off even a bit. I would like to assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will uphold the heritage and culture of the Tamils,” he said. AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala also wrote a letter to PM Modi Wednesday, underlining that the ban on the sport had sparked resentment in the state.
On the other hand the Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who met a delegation led by AIADMK leader M Thambidurai regarding the issue, also blamed the previous Congress-led UPA government for including bulls in the list (of animals prohibited from being exhibited or trained as performing animals). He added that bulls are not ill-treated during the performance and hoped the Supreme Court would look into all aspects of the case.