‘Cultural heritage shouldn’t be part of judiciary’: Supreme Court upholds validity of Jallikattu |

‘Cultural heritage shouldn’t be part of judiciary’: Supreme Court upholds validity of Jallikattu |

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Tamil Nadu law allowing bull-taming sportJallikattu‘ in the state.
“The Tamil Nadu law is a valid piece of legislation and there is no flaw in it,” the top court said. The legislature is the best institution to take a call on what is cultural heritage of the state and it cannot be decided by judiciary, it added.
‘Jallikattu’, also known as ‘Eruthazhuvuthal’, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph pronounced the verdict.
The petitions, including one filed by animal rights body PETA, hadchallenged the state law that allowed the bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
The apex court had earlier said the petitions against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017 needed to be decided by a larger bench since they involved substantial questions relating to interpretation of the Constitution.
The top court had said that notwithstanding the cruelty involved in “Jallikattu”, it cannot be termed a blood sport as nobody is using any weapon and the blood may only be an incidental thing.
It had said though cruelty may be involved in the sport, people do not take part in the event to kill the animal.
“Because there is death does not mean it is a blood sport. I don’t suggest that people who are going to participate and climb onto the bulls are going there in order to extract blood in that event. People are not going to kill the animal. Blood may be an incidental thing,” the bench, also comprising justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar had observed.
The top court had, in its 2014 judgment, said bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for “Jallikattu” events or bullock-cart races, and banned their use for these purposes across the country.
-With agency inputs

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