Jallikattu Looks All Set To Be Held Despite The Supreme Court Ban

Jallikattu Looks All Set To Be Held Despite The Supreme Court BanParticipants stand and react in a ring during the traditional bull-taming festival called ‘Jallikattu’ in Palamedu near Madurai. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

The people of Tamil Nadu are in no mood to accept the Supreme Court verdict on Jallikattu. After organising a Jallikattu event in coastal Cuddalore on 12 January, people from Madurai district are set to flout the Supreme Court ban. As per a Times of India report, people from three towns of Madurai district, namely Avaniapuram, Alanganallur and Palamedu, are making arrangements to conduct the game. Even the residents of Tiruchirappalli are reportedly joining in to defy the ban.

Over 10,000 people converged at a ground in Coimbatore in support of Jallikattu while protests were staged in Sivaganga, Dindigul, Pudukottai and Salem districts. It was declared by the organisers of manjuvirattu (a form of Jallikattu) in Siravayal, Sivaganga district, that they would hold the sport since it is a part of the temple custom. Students and local villagers blocked traffic at many places in Madurai, Dindigul and Sivaganga district too.

State vice-president of Jallikattu Veera Vilaiyattu Peravai Trichy G R Siva said:

We respect the court but it couldn’t take any action against Karnataka, which refused to give us our share of Cauvery water despite the court rulings. Likewise, we are also ready to defy the ban and conduct Jallikattu this year.