New Delhi, Jan 15: A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death by a bull during Jallikattu festivities in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Monday. The controversial bull-taming sport was held in the state after a gap of three years in the view of a ban.
The deceased, Kalimuthu, was a participant in the first round and was out later. Speaking to CNN-News 18, Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao said that Kalimuthu was playing with the bull outside the arena when it attacked him. Around 28 people were also injured during the bull-taming sport.
Ahead of the festival this year, the Animals Welfare Board of India (AWBI) constituted a six-member committee to monitor Jallikattu and asked the state government to conduct the same with 20 guidelines.
The guidelines require for the animals to be subjected to nicotine and cocaine tests before they are declared fit to participate in the event, and also call for a “compulsory” one-day insurance for the event. (Jallikattu Live on Sun News: Watch Live Streaming of Bull Taming Sport From Madurai)
Jallikattu is considered a form of animal cruelty apart from being hazardous to human life by animal rights activists, which led to its ban in 2015. The ban resulted in protests across the state, following which the Tamil Nadu state assembly unanimously passed an amendment bill on January 23, 2017, clearing the path for the conduct of the sport.