Jallikkattu: one youth gored to death by bull
Jallikkattu: one youth gored to death by bull

Jallikkattu: one youth gored to death by bull


As part of the Jallikattu celebrations, one youth, S. Kalimuthu (19), a native of Sanarpatti in Dindigul district, was gored by a bull near the bull collection point. Kalimuthu was just a spectator to witness the fun and adventure related with Jallikattu.

More than 25 people were injured in the bull-taming event. Though over 1,000 bulls had been issued tokens, only 458 had been released by the time the event was wrapped up around 3.15pm.

The bull-taming event started around 8.30am. Revenue minister R B Udayakumar and president of Jallikattu Peravai P Rajasekar were present. Madurai district collector K Veera Raghava Rao and top officials supervised the event.

In spite of strict security arrangements across the state, the death and accidents are common with Jallikattu. That is why Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu in 2016.

The Animal Welfare Board of India filed a case in the Supreme Court of India for an outright ban on Jallikattu because of the cruelty to animals and the threat to public safety involved. On 14 January 2016, the Supreme Court of India issued a stay on this order, upholding the ban of Jallikattu.

On 8 January 2017, several hundreds of protesters conducted a rally at Chennai Marina opposing the ban on Jallikattu. A few churches openly conducted prayer mass and rally against the Supreme Court ruling. Following the protests at Chennai, many students started rallies in various towns of Tamil Nadu.

Due to widespread protest across Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has agreed to delay its verdict on Jallikattu for a week following the Centre's request that doing so would avoid unrest.

Due to these protests, on 21 January 2017, the Governor of Tamil Nadu issued a new ordinance that authorized the continuation of jallikattu events.

Jallikattu celebrations are taking place as part of Pongal festival.

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