Chennai: A 19-year-old youth, who had come to see ‘Jallikattu’, the traditional bull sport, was gored to death on Monday by a raging bull in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district. The youth was standing at the bull collection point (end point) and watching the event. There, the bull, after completing its run, suddenly attacked him.
The harvest festival of Pongal is celebrated with traditional fervour across Tamil Nadu and starts with the bull-taming sport. Around 1,200 bulls participated in the event where the youth was gored. The rules of the sport say that a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on to the hump of the animal for a certain period of time.
On Sunday, around 79 people, including spectators, were injured in the season’s first Jallikattu held at Avani-yapuram, also in Madurai. The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014 after activists said it constitutes extreme animal cruelty.
Last year, after massive protests in which over 50,000 people campaigned for Jallikattu on the Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu enacted a law to bypass the top court’s verdict.This time, bull-tamers were administered an oath against cruelty by the administration. The district administration has also banned the pulling of the bulls by their tail, clinging to bulls and multiple tamers pouncing on the bulls.