New Delhi: Jallikattu, a bull taming sport, continues to be conducted in parts of Tamil Nadu despite a Supreme Court ban, a member of the Animal Welfare board of India wrote to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, requesting him to enforce the ban.
N.G. Jayasimha said the chief minister and various political leaders in the state have openly stated that they will go ahead with Jallikattu.
“In some parts of the state, they have already begun. This not only amounts to complete disrespect for the Constitution but also is an assault on the Indian democracy. These individuals are undermining the very basis on which our nation state is based,” Jayasimha wrote.
“In the event that there is a continuing disregard to the law, we beseech you to exercise powers under Article 356 of the Constitution and ensure that the situation is taken under control and the law of the land is given the respect it deserves,” he added.
He also said in Andhra Pradesh, members of the legislative assembly have been inaugurating and encouraging cock fights. He said this was a breach of law and order, and a breakdown of the constitutional machinery.
SC has already ruled twice—in May 2014 and January 2016—against Jallikattu, and it was not conducted in Tamil Nadu in 2015 and 2016. But the discussion was revived last year in January when the environment ministry, just ahead of the Tamil Nadu elections, brought a notification allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races in the country. It was challenged in the SC.
The case is still in SC, which has reserved its verdict in the plea challenging the ministry’s 2016 notification. Supreme Court, meanwhile, on Thursday refused to expedite the pronouncement of judgement.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Poonam Mahajan also wrote a letter to Andhra Pradesh’s home minister to stop, “illegal, cruel and retrograde practice of cock fights” in the state despite the ban on practice by the Hyderabad high Court.
“Despite the order of the court, cock fights are taking place all over the state of Andhra Pradesh. Cock-fighting rings are being prepared including in a municipal ground in Ramalingehswar Nagar in Vijayawada. There is rampant preparation going on in Rajahmundry, Anantpur, Eluru, Vijayawada, Kothagedum. Animal welfare advocates are on the ground approaching the district collectors but it is falling on deaf ears. This is a retrograde and deplorable practice. It harms animals and is illegal,” Mahajan wrote, requesting him to ensure that cock fights do not take place.