IN PHOTOS : STUDENTS PROTEST FOR JALLIKATTU PEACEFULLY LIKE NEVER BEFORE

IN PHOTOS : STUDENTS PROTEST FOR JALLIKATTU PEACEFULLY LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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The Marina Beach in Chennai is filled with people of all ages and genders, fighting for jallikattu. And even as it’s clear that the protests are not instigated by any one organization, what is also clear is that this protest is led by students.

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Lakhs of students from various colleges in the city are out on the streets to demand that the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu be lifted. Whether it’s engineering students or those from law colleges, students are at the forefront of every agitation in the city.

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People from all over the globe r fighting for this in their respective villages/cities/states/countries.

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The Protest is Peaceful

People are peacefully protesting without affecting any daily routine. More than a million people have gathered on the beach till date. Protesters let pass people and emergency vehicles like ambulance faster than any busy traffic road. The students also keep in mind not to litter around and clean the roads and beach by collecting and throwing the garbage in dustbins and where it is meant to be.

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Lakhs of female students are protesting amid lakh of males but there are no cases of harassment.

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Curious to know more? 

Jalli Kattu like many other sports have a big list of rules. There is always someone who breaks the rules. Citing them, the whole event cannot be banned.

“Jalli Kattu is not a fight between bulls and humans.

Its a game where players the players are required to embrace the running bulls by hanging on their hump as far as possible.

There are lot of rules associated with this sport.

  1. The Bull will be released on the the arena through the entry gate called ‘ Vadi Vaasal’.
  2. The bull tamer / contestant should try to ‘catch’ the bull by holding onto its hump only.
  3. The bull-tamer should hold onto the bull till it crosses the ‘finish’ line. (Usually it is about 50 feet, marked by hanging overhead marker flags along the line.)
  4. If the bull throws the tamer off before the line or if no-one manages to hold on to the bull, then the bull will be declared victorious.
  5. If the bull-tamer manages to hold on to the hump till it crosses the ‘finish line’, then the bull tamer is declared the winner.
  6. Only one bull tamer should hold on to the bull at one time. If more than one bull tamers hold on to the bull, then there is no winner.
  7. The bull tamer should ONLY hold on to the hump. He should NOT hold on to the neck or horns or tails of the bull. Such tamers will be disqualifies.
  8. No bull tamer will hit or hurt the bull in any manner.

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Jalli kattu is NOT Bullfight! PETA and animal activists should stop equating Jalli kattu to Bullfights !

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Myths & Facts

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Myths

* Bulls are abused

* Bulls are fed performance enhancers or liquor

* Bulls are ferocious and many people die

* Bulls are beaten to enter into the arena
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Facts

* Tamilnadu Government has set very stringent rules and regulations

* Government Veterinarian tests and certifies the bull before and AFTER the event

* All events are video-recorded

* Bulls are not beaten to enter the arena! They are trained to go to the keeper. Watch the keeper go beyond the 50-feet marker and wave his towel or whistle to let the bull know where he is!

* Not a single sportsman has died since the introduction of the Tamilnadu Jalli kattu Act

Let’s have a look at more photos from the ongoing protest.

 

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