Jallikattu-Cruelty Vs Tradition

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sakshi Agarwal, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Thousands of people gathered at Marina Beach,Chennai, to protest against the ban on Jallikattu,a bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu. It is awful to see how masses fail to recognize the pain of animal and injuries caused to people in the name of tradition and culture.In order to make the bulls angry and make them fight they are beaten,poked,doped,irritants are rubbed into their mouths,tails are twisted and they are dragged by their nose until they bleed.The participants are more prone to danger than the animal .In just over four years, from 2010 to 2014, at least 1,100 people have been injured due to Jallikattu-type events, and 17 people have died. However, these figures were quoted by the media, the original figures are bound to be higher.

I believe tradition is never a sufficient justification for cruelty, and a cruel tradition should never be allowed to define a culture.It is not just about one animal,one state or one culture it applies to any animal, any state and any culture. Sati was also once a part of our culture and it was considered an honor for women. Women, some willingly some forcefully were burnt to death on her husband’s funeral pyre.Had it not been banned? So why not save life of people and animal from Jallikattu?



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