Jallikattu gets green signal from Supreme Court, legal recognition intact


Jallikattu has been cleared by the Supreme Court. The apex court upheld the validity of the Tamil Nadu law under which Jallikattu, a sport involving bulls, was approved. The Supreme Court said, ‘Jallikattu’ is part of the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu.

The five-judge bench gave its verdict

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph gave this verdict unanimously. Along with this, the bench also upheld the validity of the Maharashtra law allowing bullock cart races. The Constitution Bench gave this verdict during the hearing of various petitions challenging the laws of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra allowing the organization of ‘Jallikattu’ and bullock cart races. Justice Ajay Rastogi, Justice Aniruddha Bose, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice CT Ravikumar were also included in this bench.

Pongal is held during the festival of Pongal

‘Jallikattu’ is a traditional sport conducted during the festival of Pongal in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu. There has also been a demand to ban this sport with bulls.

Supreme Court upholds the Tamil Nadu law allowing bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’ in the stateSupreme Court says the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, substantially minimizes pain and suffering to animals. pic.twitter.com/DPWVNPaArs

— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2023