The Supreme Court on January 31 slammed Tamil Nadu for the massive protests held at the Marina beach in Chenna seeking to legalise the controversial bull taming sport, Jallikattu. The top court has warned the state to not repeat it. The court has also issued a notice to Tamil Nadu government and sought reply within six weeks on the new act.
Night long protests on Jallikattu escalated as thousands of people agathered at Marina beach in Chennai demanding lift on Supreme Court’s ban on Jallikattu. Protesters believed that it is a part of their culture and demanded a permanent solution to it.
The protest which was being carried out peacefully took a violent turn after the angry protesters set the Ice House Police Station to fire, near the Marina Beach. The TN police detained over 100 students who were protesting near Meenakshi Hall in Coimbatore.
In a series of tweet tweeted by Kamal Haasan and other social media users, the cops were seen torching vehicles and hitting women. A number of social media users claimed that police purposely resorted to violence on people who were staging a peaceful protest.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly on January 23 passed the bill to replace the ordinance on Jallikattu. Amid the uproar in several parts of Tamil Nadu in support Jallikattu, the bill replacing the ordinance passed by the Governer on January 21, was tabled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Meanwhile,Jallikattu received support from members of the film fraternity including Kamal Hasan, Rajinikanth Suriya and many others. They have voiced their support for jallikattu and are also supporting the protest that is taking place at Marina beach.
Supporting the people demanding to legalise the sport, Kamal Hassan said that he has been demanding for 20 years and the law to ban it only showed double standards. He further added that the government should not ban anything but take steps to regulate it.