Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in Tamil Nadu


Chennai, Jan 17: Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday following the arrest of those who protested in support of Jallikattu.

On Monday, thousands of youths who walked out on streets in Alanganallur in Madurai district against a Supreme court ban on the bull-taming sport, were taken into custody by the police on Tuesday as the protest extended overnight.

Over 500 people detained by Police while protesting in support of jallikattu in Alanganallur.

The police housed the protesters — including both men and women, who had assembled in the town well known for conducting Jallikattu — in nearby wedding halls.

Angered by these arrests,  dozens of people came out on the streets of Alanganallur.

In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or hold on to the hump for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull.

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The sport is traditionally conducted as part of the four-day Pongal festival.

The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock-cart races in the Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country.

Since after the ban order, people have been demanding that the central government take necessary legal steps to allow conduct of the sport.

 Wefornews Bureau

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