Women Pivotal in Jallikattu Struggle

After nearly six decades, the Great #Jallikattu Revolution saw hundreds of thousands of Women pour out on the streets of all parts of Tamilnadu – Cities, Towns and Villages alike.

Women brought their families along. Mothers confidently brought their children; Wives brought their husbands; Girls brought their friends.They occupied the public places of #Tamilnadu and did not return till we achieved success.

Great women like Mrs. Gouhar Azeez, Mrs. Nandini Madam (Chennai) were our mentors, Mrs. Kavitha (Japan), Mrs. Kayal Vizhi Arunkumar and hundreds of other friends fought to #SaveJallikattu.

I salute these brave women were the real reason behind the success of the Jallikattu struggle.

Jallikattu Photo Exhibition


A Jallikattu Photo Exhibition was held at Kaumara Susheela International Residential School, Coimbatore on January 7, 2018. It was held as a part of the ‘Pongal Vizha’ celebrations at KSirs School. Photos taken by Mr. Balakumar Somu, Founder, ARHAM Trust, were displayed in the exhibition.

Mr. Kumaragurubara Swamigal of Kaumara Madam, Mr. Karthikeya Sivasenapathi of SKCRF, Kangeyam, Mrs. Vanitha Mohan of ‘Siruthuli’ and several others participated in the function. The students of KSirs along with their family, participated in the ‘Pongal Vizha’.

‘Jallikattu League’ in Tamil Nadu Hits Hurdle With Govt Yet to Give Approval

  • A source from the state government told CNN-News18 that the main reason for the holdup in giving permission for the Jallikattu event is that it is surprised that the event is in a league format.

Updated on: January 5, 2018, 6:13 PM IST
Poornima Murali , CNN-News18
Chennai: A ‘Jallikattu league’ in Tamil Nadu was all set to kick off here on January 7 but the event has hit a hurdle with the state government still not granting approval for the event.

A source from the state government told CNN-News18 that the main reason for the holdup is that it is surprised that the event is in a league format.

The government doesn’t want a traditional sport to be played in an IPL-like-format. Nor does it want to encourage the ranking of the bulls and players, the source added.

The source further said that the initial venue the organisers chose was not in compliance with the Supreme Court guidelines.

An organiser of the event, on condition of anonymity, said they are confident that an approval from the state government for the event will come in a day or two.

“We never called it a league. The media made the Jallikattu event a league-like format. The state government was also worried about corporates sponsoring the event. We had no intentions to commercialise the event. We wanted to clear the doubts of people who said the bull-taming sport is a form of animal cruelty,” he said.

The organisers have chosen another location at MARG Swarnaboomi on the East Coast Road. The location for the event initially was a place opposite the Madras Crocodile bank on the ECR.

From questions over adherence to a Supreme Court ruling over conduct of the game to stiff opposition to corporatisation of the traditional sport, the organisers are waging a multi-fronted battle to get the event going. They may now have to shift the venue to a far-flung location.

The initial idea was to have teams from Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai participate in the event.

In January 2018, massive protests broke out at Marina Beach where protesters urged both the state government and the Centre to repeal the ban on Jallikattu. Following unrelenting protest, the then chief minister O Panneerselvam issued an ordinance that amended the Prevention of cruelty to animals act. This was later introduced as a bill in the State Assembly and was unanimously passed. However, the case is still pending in the Supreme Court.

Reproduced from online edition on CNN News18 dated 5/1/2018

PETA moves Supreme Court challenging validity of Act that paved way for jallikattu

Published: 07th July 2017 01:38 AM

MADURAI: The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act 2017, that had led to the conduct of the bull-taming sport in TN this year.

The animal rights organisation, in its investigation report, stated that jallikattu is a blood sport wherein bulls are being subjected to various types of cruelty, and it should not be conducted in any manner, irrespective of any laws or regulations.

Condemning the PETA’s report, Kollywood director Ameer, an active supporter of the traditional sport, told Express, “All jallikattu events were conducted under the supervision of the respective district collectors and the SPs. Even various ministers took part as spectators in jallikattu and made sure that there was no cruelty against the bulls.”

The director said that he will implead himself as a caveator in the petition filed by PETA against jallikattu in the Supreme Court and will fight against it to safeguard the traditional sport.

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