5 Deaths In Jallikattu So Far, Political Parties Busy In Distributing Awards To Winners
At least five people have lost their lives in Tamil Nadu while witnessing this year’s Jallikattu which started on Saturday, January 13. Furthermore, at least 60 injuries have been reported in the various events held across districts.
The five deaths have been reported from Tiruchy, Sivaganga, Pudukkottai and Madurai. Amidst reports of death and injuries, political parties are not shying away from showcasing their prowess by offering lucrative gifts and even in some cases cash prize in various events.
Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 as the sport advocated animal cruelty. After a massive protest in the Marina Beach, Chennai last year, Supreme Court repealed the ban. Although, they announced certain rules and regulations that were to be followed during the fights.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam attended one such event. They offered brand new cars to the best performers. The cars had former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalitha’s photo stuck on the windshield. The cars will go to the “best bull-tamer” and the owner of the “most outstanding bull”.
It was not only AIADMK who announced lucrative gifts, TTV Dhinakaran, AIADMK’s sidelined member, who recently won the RK Nagar Elections from Jayalalitha’s seat has announced an even more lucrative prize. In a Jallikattu organised in Madurai, the winner will win free tickets to Singapore, sponsored by Dhinakaran himself.
DMK was not lagging behind in the initiative. MK Stalin on behalf of DMK was giving out gold rings.
The AIADMK is making sure people know who is responsible for Jallikattu’s return last year after a Supreme Court ban. “It was our EPS’ (Palaniswami’s) efforts as Chief Minister last year that made it possible to host Jallikattu, and they are honouring our leader Jayalalithaa,” said Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar, as reported by NDTV.
There are various other gifts given to bull tamers and owners include two-wheelers, refrigerators, LED television, gold coins, couches and utensils.
The tradition of Jallikattu started with bull owners marking the first day of harvest. It is not just a tradition anymore as many corporates have been pumping big money into such events. Animal rights activists are still not satisfied, even though the bull-tamers took a no-cruelty pledge.