Should we stay jallikattu? SC to TN Govt

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Expressing anguish over the deathsof 215 persons, the Supreme Court today wondered whether itshould stay the "jallikattu", a popular bull fight event heldin Tamil Nadu every year in January during the harvest season.

"We do not want people to die. 200 to 300 people havegot hurt. Shall we stay the sport?

"This is happening inspite of the court monitoring andissuing guidelines. It has happened in a short duration offive days betwen January 16-19 in six legally licensed eventsand the report says 215 people have died and two personsdied," a bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaiksaid.

The apex court made the remarks while dealing with thesubmission of senior counsel Raj Panjwani appearing for theAnimal Welfare Board who stated that two people died and 215sustained injuries during this year''s ''jali kattu'' heldbetween January 14-19.

"Do you want another thousand people to die"? the courtsaid when a counsel, appearing for one of the organisers,pleaded that instead of centralising the licensing systems,the powers should be conferred on District Collectors.

"We are not saying it should be stayed. May be it is awell respected tradition. But there has to be somesafeguards," the bench said while adjouring the matter to alater date.

The apex court said the government has to take morestringent measures to regulate the sport.

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