Despite several breast-beatings by heroes of Jallikattu or the traditional bull-taming ahead of Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has finally stepped in and stayed the government notification allowing the cruel animal teasing ritual.
Last week, the Centre allowed bull-taming in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra and bullock-cart races in Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab, despite a specific ban by the Supreme Court in May 2014, saying bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or in bullock-cart races.
Following the gazzette notification, the apex court was moved by the Animal Welfare Board, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and almost a dozen other NGOs working on animal rights, and the Supreme Court stayed the government order after the preliminary hearing on Tuesday, just three days before the ritual starts in Tamil Nadu.
Animal welfare groups alleged that the Centre’s lifting of the ban in poll-bound Tamil Nadu was a pre-election gift unmindful of animal welfare and the pain they are put through by mostly drunken youth during the Jallikattu. The bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra heard their arguments and issued notice to the Centre for a reply within 4 weeks in the case.
In fact, DMK leader M K Stalin initiated the move seeking end to the ban and AIADMK swiftly took up the initiative to get bhe ban lifted. Stalin and his party are vouching for it saying the ban would adversely affect Tamil culture.[category, politics] [tags, jallikattu, tamil nadu, pongal festival, supreme court verdict, tamil nadu politics,pre-election move, centre, dmk, notice,]