Jallikattu Ban Is 'Attack On Culture': Tamil Nadu In Supreme Court

by Swarajya Staff - Nov 24, 2022 12:35 PM +05:30 IST
Jallikattu Ban Is 'Attack On Culture': Tamil Nadu In Supreme CourtJallikattu

In its submissions to the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, the Tamil Nadu government said that the ban on Jallikattu, a bull taming sport was an attack on the cultural identity of the Tamil people.

The Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu in 2014 on the grounds of cruelty to animals.

However, due to widespread protests against the ban, the state assembly passed a bill amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in 2017 and later on notified the Conduct of Jallikattu Rules.

It is this state law allowing Jallikattu that is now being challenged by the petitioners.

The state gave a number of arguments in favour of the law. Starting from the aspect of history, they cover a lot of areas—culture, linkage to the Pongal festival, conservation of indigenous breeds and safety.

Some excerpts from the state's submissions are as follows-

  • "Jallikattu traces its origins to Indus Valley Civilization and there are Terracotta Tablets that depict the organization and celebration of Jallikattu."

  • “A practice which is centuries-old and symbolic of a community’s identity can be regulated and reformed as the human race evolves rather than being completely obliterated."

  • “Jallikattu is not merely an act of entertainment or amusement but an event with great historic, cultural and religious value. People of Tamil Nadu without any distinction to caste or creed celebrate Jallikattu as a religious event."

  • Jallikattu should be “seen as a tool for conserving this precious indigenous breed of livestock”.

  • "Each and every event of Jallikattu is conducted during the Pongal festival as thanksgiving for a good harvest and subsequent festivals are conducted in temples. This shows that the event has great cultural and spiritual significance.”

The state further submitted that the rules have been made for safety and care of the bulls involved in Jallikattu.

Also Read: Jallikattu: The Bull Beyond The Bullying Of ‘Activism’

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