Cen­tre Cites An­i­mal Sac­ri­fice, Slaugh­ter to De­fend Jallikattu

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Cen­tre has jus­ti­fied the Tamil Nadu law per­mit­ting Jallikattu, a tra­di­tional ‘sport’ en­gag­ing the bull, say­ing that if an­i­mal slaugh­ter and sac­ri­fices were per­mit­ted in the name of re­li­gion and cul­ture, de­spite the cru­elty in­volved, Jallikattu should also be al­lowed.

“Slaugh­ter is done for re­li­gion. That is also cru­elty. Ha­lal is cruel. There are a num­ber of re­li­gious func­tions in which an­i­mals are sac­ri­ficed,” at t o r ney- g e ner a l Mukul Ro­hatgi told the SC dur­ing a hear­ing on fresh pleas on Jallikattu. A bench com­pris­ing Jus­tices Di­pak Misra and RF Na­ri­man, how­ever, did not prima fa­cie agree with the view. Jus­tice Misra in­voked the doc­trine of ne­ces­sity to jus­tify killing for food.

Jus­tice Na­ri­man too said: “We are con­scious that non­veg­e­tar­i­ans must eat, but this must not in­flict un­nec­es­sary pain (on the an­i­mals)”, but the AG fell back on re­li­gion and cul­ture to jus­tify Jallikattu.

At an­other point in the de- bate, the AG said: “Peo­ple die in every sport.” This was a ri­poste to the court’s ob­ser­va­tions that many peo­ple had died and oth­ers in­jured in the re­cent Jallikattu events held in the state. He also backed TN’s view, ar­tic­u­lated through se­nior ad­vo­cate K Parasaran, that the sport was nec­es­sary for breed­ing in­dige­nous va­ri­eties of bull.

How­ever, the state gov­ern­ment was on the back foot try­ing to jus­tify the street protests against the ban on the sport. The court had in an in­terim or­der stayed a no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry is­sued ahead of the TN as­sem­bly polls per­mit­ting Jallikattu.


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