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Jayalalithaa Seeks Ordinance in Support of Jallikattu From PM Modi

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa writes to PM Narendra Modi seeking ordinance in support of Jallikattu.

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The Tamil sport of Jallikattu. (Photo: PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an ordinance in support of the traditional bull-taming event of Jallikattu.

In a letter dated 12 January, Jayalalithaa has said that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu have to be taken into consideration.

She has sent the letter in the wake of Supreme Court’s to-and-fro over the order to allow the sport to be conducted.

The use of bulls in performances like Jallikattu was banned by the Environment Ministry in 2011 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Work stopped at Avaniyapuram in Madurai as SC stays order allowing Jallikattu  on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)
Work stopped at Avaniyapuram in Madurai as SC stays order allowing Jallikattu on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

The topic of Jallikattu gained prominence on 7 January when Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways tweeted that the central government has allowed the sport of Jallikattu.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest also issued a notice for an interim lift on the banned sport.

On 11 January, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), and People for Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA), and a Bangalore-based NGO challenged the Centre’s notification lifting the four-year-old ban.

The petition was scheduled to be heard by the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur. However, he referred it to a bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra.

On 12 January, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and NV Ramana issued a stay on the government’s decision.

As an interim measure, we direct that there shall be a stay of the notification dated January 7, 2016, issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).

Supreme Court Bench

However, the initial announcement by the Centre and the subsequent SC order has led to protests by the traditional jallikattu supporters in Tamil Nadu.

Bull tamers and bull owners celebrating after the Centre notifified lifting the ban on Jallikattu on 7 January in Madurai. (Photo: PTI)
Bull tamers and bull owners celebrating after the Centre notifified lifting the ban on Jallikattu on 7 January in Madurai. (Photo: PTI)

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