Tamil Nadu, chief minister O Panneerselvam has said that he will take necessary steps to make sure that the banned bull taming sport Jallikattu takes place. The CM is also planning to meet the Prime Minister in this regard.
The statement comes after nearly 3,000 people crowded to protest at Chennai's Marina beach. Students, techies, actors and politicians support the traditional bull-taming sport of Jallikattu, which is considered as a symbol of Tamil pride and culture. The Madras Court has also denied to interfere in the protest.
Some groups have also been demanded to ban People for Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, which has lobbied hard to ensure that the sport is not allowed in the country.
The Supreme Court of India had banned Jallikattu - it's a bull-taming sport, plays during Pongal in India. The apex court has strictly denied allowing the Jallikatu by rejecting plea seeking permission for the event.
Jallikattu has been played in India for over 2000 years, which was known as 'yeru thaluvudal' - which means hugging the bull.
Earlier it was a like a swayamwar ceremony to pick a bridegroom - the successful tamer would get to marry the maiden but things changed with time.
How the game is being played
A natively reared stud is set free inside an arena filled with young participants. The challenge lies in taming the bull with bare hands.
- Ideally, participants try to grab the bull by its horns or tail and wrestle it into submission.