After the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea to pass an order allowing Jallikattu, protests for lifting the ban have erupted across Tamil Nadu. The agitators declared that they are ready to challenge the ban and face criminal charges.
In Madurai, the violent college students took out processions. Police used lathicharge to scatter the crowd. The students claimed they were going to the collector’s office to hand over a plea in support of Jallikattu.
They said police divided them into two groups and made them wait for hours outside the collector’s office. This outraged the students and they tried to break the barricades to enter the office and in the meantime police lathicharged them.
A law college student said, “We only wanted to meet the collector. Jallikattu is our tradition, why should they ban it? They have miss understood the sport.”
Also the girl students joined in the protest. Another college student said, “If we are arrested let it be us who suffer, but let our heritage and culture triumph.” In Coimbatore, students also raised slogans outside the collector’s office.
People are preparing to set free the bulls and perform the game in Alanganallur, Avaniapuram and Palamedu where the first Jalikattu events of the season are held. The people got the confidence from the youth.
A native, S Periyasamy from Palamedu said the youths giving them confidence through these protests. He asserted, “I am not a Facebook user, but I am overwhelmed by what a computer can do in terms of bringing youth together for a cause, something that has been lacking for a long time.”
Shailesh Kumar Yadav, the city commissioner of police advised the students to ensure that they are participating in the rallies with permission from the police. In a press release, he said, “Students should know that there is a Supreme Court ban on the sport. They should be aware of the organisers of the protests as anti-social groups are also indulging in such activities. Participating in unauthorised protests can lead to criminal action being initiated against the students, which can harm their future.”
The state vice-president of Jallikattu Veera Vilaiyattu Peravai Trichy G R Siva said they were not against the apex court but they cannot tolerate the “onslaught” on their culture. Siva stated, “We respect the court but it couldn’t take any action against Karnataka which refused to give us our share of Cauvery water despite the court rulings. Likewise, we are also ready to defy the ban and conduct Jallikattu this year.”
The supporters of Jallikattu conducted the game in several places in Trichy and other districts. They are defying the court order and condemning the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).