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Tamil Nadu hosts its traditional bull-taming festival Jallikattu during Pongal

Updated : 2019-01-15 13:44:06

Tamil Nadu is hosting the traditional bull-taming festival Jallikattu during Pongal, between January 15 and 17. Jallikattu has been a much controversial tradition with the animal rights activists demanding an outright ban on the practice while others protesting against it. The tradition was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 on account of ‘animal cruelty’, however, the ban was lifted by the state government in 2017 after a slew of protests. The state government’s order was subject to scrutiny by the top court.

The traditional bull-taming event, Jallikattu, will take place in the southern state Tamil Nadu between January 15 and 17 on the occasion of 'Pongal'. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The traditional bull-taming event, Jallikattu, will take place in the southern state Tamil Nadu between January 15 and 17 on the occasion of 'Pongal'. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the event across Tamil Nadu. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the event across Tamil Nadu. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The state government, in 2019, drafted stricter norms and many bulls were disqualified to avoid any accidents, a News18 report said. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The state government, in 2019, drafted stricter norms and many bulls were disqualified to avoid any accidents, a News18 report said. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Jallikattu is an ancient blood sport that dates back to 400 BC. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Jallikattu is an ancient blood sport that dates back to 400 BC. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The traditional sport involves a bull being released into a crowd, with the participants attempting to grab the bull's hump and ride it as long as possible. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The traditional sport involves a bull being released into a crowd, with the participants attempting to grab the bull's hump and ride it as long as possible. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
A similar sport is followed in Spain and it is called bullfighting. However, the sport is purely for entertainment and the participant is allowed to harm the animal. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
A similar sport is followed in Spain and it is called bullfighting. However, the sport is purely for entertainment and the participant is allowed to harm the animal. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Jallikattu contestants in TN are not allowed to catch the bull by the horns, unlike the case of the festival in Spain. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Jallikattu contestants in TN are not allowed to catch the bull by the horns, unlike the case of the festival in Spain. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The bull-taming festival has led to deaths of bulls and participants on several occasions. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The bull-taming festival has led to deaths of bulls and participants on several occasions. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
In 2017, there were 23 deaths in addition to about 2,500 human injuries and several instances of injury to the bulls. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
In 2017, there were 23 deaths in addition to about 2,500 human injuries and several instances of injury to the bulls. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Thousands had come out across the state in 2017 protesting against a ban on Jallikattu saying that the ban was a threat to the culture and the tradition of the state. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
Thousands had come out across the state in 2017 protesting against a ban on Jallikattu saying that the ban was a threat to the culture and the tradition of the state. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The tradition was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 on account of ‘animal cruelty’, however, the ban was lifted by the state government in 2017 after facing heavy protests. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
The tradition was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 on account of ‘animal cruelty’, however, the ban was lifted by the state government in 2017 after facing heavy protests. (Picture credits: Karunakaran, News18 Tamil Nadu)
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