Jallikattu legalised in Tamil Nadu: Assembly bulldozes bill with no opposition

Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a law legalising the famous bull-taming sport jallikattu in the state, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014. The bill was passed after almost a week of protests all over the state against the ban.Also read: LIVE: Tamil Nadu Assembly bulldozes Jallikattu Bill, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan appeal for calm DEVELOPMENTS SO FARThe law now replaces the ordinance that was promulgated amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act on January 21.An ordinance has a life of 6 months and it would lapse unless a law is passed to replace that.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselavam tabled the bill in the state assembly on Monday, and was passed quickly.The law passed by the Assembly seeks to protect jallikattu from legal challenges.The passage of bill was welcomed by the Jallikattu activists.Speaking to reporters, P Rajasekhar, President of the Jallikattu Peravai, welcomed the law.While the Assembly took up the bill for discussion, former judge Hari Parandhaman explained the aspects in detail to the protesters at Marina Beach.He assured the protesters that the law is a permanent solution protecting jallikattu from legal hurdles.The law while legalising the sport also laid out various safety measures in favour of the bulls and the manner in which the sport should be held.Meanwhile, the protesters have demanded a permanent solution – amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by the central government removing bull from the list of performing animals. advertisement