Two tamers, including student, killed in jallikattu events in Tamil Nadu
Part of: GS Prelims –Culture and GS- I- Festival
From Prelims Point of View:
- Jallikattu is referred to as bull taming event
- Practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal
- ‘jallikattu’ is derived from Tamil words Jalli refers to gold or silver coins ,Kattu means ‘tied’.
- Found mentioned in the Sangam literature (2500 years ago).
- Because the sport often results in major injuries and even deaths of both bulls and humans.
- Supreme Court in 2014 banned Jallikattu in response to Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) petitions citing cruelty to animals.
- The article 51A of the constitution states that citizens should safeguard the wildlife and forests and have compassion for living creatures.