Jallikattu: SC Refuses To Allow Bull-Taming Sport In Tamil Nadu

13/01/2016 4:49 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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ALANGANALLUR, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Participants in the Jallikattu bull-wrestling festival are trampled in the arena as they attempt to catch and ride the animals, elbowing each other aside so they can be the sole rider and claim the prize January 16, 2008 in Alanganallur, India. Jallikattu the ancient and bizarre bull-wrestling sport happens every year in the month of January throughout the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to celebrate Pongal, a New Year festival. Similar to Spain’s running of the bulls, it’s older – and bloodier. Instead of bulls getting killed, it’s the people who usually come off worst. In 2008 the Jallikattu was banned but after huge protests including hunger strikes the decision was overturned by the Supreme Court. (Photos by Palani Mohan/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court today refused to vacate its order staying the Centre's notification lifting ban on the controversial bull-taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said that yesterday's order by which the Centre's notification was stayed doesn't warrant any alteration.

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The bench said it was unimpressed with the submission that Jallikattu should be allowed under the strict supervision of this court.

The fresh petitions were filed by some residents of Tamil Nadu who had sought vacation of yesterday's order saying that the age-old cultural tradition of the state should be allowed to continue.

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