Madurai: In a relief to organisers of the
traditional sport of "jallikattu" (bull taming), held as part
of the harvest festival Pongal, Madras High Court on Thursday
permitted holding of the event which is popular in rural areas
of Tamil Nadu.
In its interim order, the court, however, directed that all
guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, high court and the
Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act-2009 should be followed
while conducting the sport.
Justice Chitra Venkatraman and Justice Karuppiah also
warned that if the guidelines were not followed, the court
could reconsider its decision.
The Judges said the organisers should keep in mind that
"Pongal", which falls on January 15, "is not a festival for
human beings alone, but for four legged creatures as well.
Hence sufficient care should be taken in conducting the
Reports should be submitted to the court on how Jallikattu
was held at various places in Madurai, Sivaganga and
Tiruchirappalli districts on January 15-17 19, 29 and 30, the
judges said after hearing three petitions by an organiser of
the Jallikattu, an animal rights activist and Animal Welfare
Board of India today.
The judges also directed Additional Solicitor General of
India to get reasons from the Centre for issuing a
notification banning the using of bull as performing animals
after the "Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act" was passed
and asked Tamil Nadu government as to why they were permitting
to conduct Jallikattu.