TN Government told to SC: Jallikattu sport has a religious significance in state

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New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Government told to the Supreme Court that Jalikattu is a religious festival. The Government is claiming that it does not violate the principles of compassion, and humanity and is also not against provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The Government in its written submissions stated that Jallikattu traces its origin to the Indus Valley civilisation drawing a huge crowd. There are terracotta tablets that depict the celebration of Jallikattu. The event is conducted during the Pongal festival as a token of gratitude for a good harvest.

The submissions were filed following the pleas challenging Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka laws that allow Jalikattu and bullock cart races.

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