Theni, Feb 8: Yet another incident of a bull-taming event going wrong has been reported from Tamil Nadu, as 69 people were injured in the sport event on Sunday, Feb 7.
The bull-taming event known as 'jallikattu' has been in the limelight as increasing number of these events turning gory are being reported.
In the latest incident, 67 people, including participants and spectators, were injured at a village.
Six people including five participants and a spectator were critically wounded and are battling for their lives in hospitals nearby. Others are being treated as outpatients.
The incident took place at a temple festival at Ayyanpatty village where 600 bulls and 200 tamers from Madurai, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, and Virdhunagar districts came together and participated.
On Jan 15, one spectator was killed and 25 others injured in a jallikattu event held on the occasion of Pongal festival at Palamedu village near Madurai.
These regrettable incidents have raised questions if a ban should be imposed on the sport of bull-taming. While animal rights activists have been protesting against the way the bulls are treated to enrage them, the historical and cultural significance of the sporting event can not be brushed aside.