A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman on Friday referred a petition challenging the Centre’s January 7, 2016 notification and the January 2017 Tamil Nadu amendment to The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act allowing the bull-taming sport.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman framed five questions to be adjudicated on by the Constitution bench. Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival.
During ‘pooja’ done for setting up the ‘vadivasal’ (the entrance through which the bulls are let into the playing arena) last week, Velumani had termed it a ‘historic event’ as it would be first time the traditional sport was being held at Coimbatore.
The sport, synonymous with Pongal festivities in this region, returned in its full traditional gaiety during the festive period after a gap of three seasons, last year.
Jallikattu 2018: The top court, which refused to put a stay on the practice had reprimanded the state government for failing to maintain the law and order situation during recent protests in the state.
The CJI said the petitions raised three important questions. First, whether it can be a cultural right — and whether the Constitution recognises such cultural rights.
Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival.
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Refusing to put a stay on the new Jallikattu act, the apex court agreed to examine the new law by the Tamil Nadu government that allowed the bull taming sport.
The petitions come in the backdrop of the Tamil Nadu assembly, in a special session, passing an amendment bill to conduct Jallikattu in the state without any hurdles replacing an ordinance that was promulgated earlier.
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There were incidents of stone throwing and burning of vehicles and sundry items at various places in protest against the police action.
The Bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 was unanimously adopted by the House after members of all parties spoke welcoming the legislative initiative.
Students leading the Jallikattu protests clashed with police and torched several vehicles after they were forcibly evicted from the Marina beach, the epicenter of the protests.
In Tamil Nadu, admiration or respect for something – whether it’s a centuries-old cultural practice, a cinematic demigod, or a political icon – has always been accompanied by heightened emotions. Be it Jallikattu, the conflict over the Cauvery river, the unbounded reverence for Tamil superstar Rajnikanth