Villagers protest in favour of Jallikattu in Madurai

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Chennai, Jan 16: Thousands of people on Monday walked out on streets in Madurai’s Alanganallur town in Tamil Nadu protesting a ban against Jallikattu, the ancient and popular bull-taming sport.

The protesters including men and women gathered in the town well known for conducting Jallikattu.

A large contingent of police personnel has been pressed at the venue to prevent any untoward incidents.

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.

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

Ever since the ban order people have been demanding the central government take necessary legal steps to conduct the sport.

Wefornews Bureau

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