The Supreme Court has fixed the final hearing to decide whether Jallikattu is in accordance with the law on August 30. The top court, however, does not agree with the argument that the sport should be allowed merely because it is old.
The court’s reply to Tamil Nadu’s argument that Jallikattu must be allowed as it has been a part of the custom and culture of people of the state for 5,000 years.
The SC came down heavily on proponents of the sport, who supported it just because it was a part of their custom. “If tradition were to justify practices, then child marriage too should be allowed just because it is a part of our custom?” asked the court.
According to TOI, the Union Environment Ministry may move a Cabinet note to amend a legislation allowing bulls for Jallikattu.
In fact, the SC banned Jallikattu in May 2014, but in January, the Centre allowed the sport in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Days after allowing it, the SC, putting Jallikattu on hold, issued notices to the Centre and states to file their replies within four weeks to contest the Centre’s notice on the sport.
“I have seen the game. No cruelty is inflicted on participating bulls by way of pinching it with a stick, rubbing chilli powder on its rectum and making the animal consume arrack,” a spokesperson for ARHAM, a Jallikattu advocacy organisation said earlier this month.