New Delhi: The Jallikattu may be 5,000 years old, but whether the controversial bull fighting sport can continue will be decided legally, the Supreme Court told Tamil Nadu in sharp remarks today. It cannot be justified just because it was a common practice in the earlier days, likening it to child marriage, which is now illegal in the country, court added.
"So what if it is 5000-years-old. It can not be justified in name of tradition," the Supreme Court snapped the Tamil Nadu government over its plea requesting the top court to lift the ban over the centuries old bull-taming sport.
"Your argument doesn't hold any water. In 1899, ten thousand girls, below 12 years of age, were married. Should it be allowed today just because it was tradition then?" Justice Deepak Mishra said. It posted the matter for final disposal on August 23, when it will be decided if the sport is constitutional or not.
In January this year, the Supreme Court had stayed the Centre’s decision to allow holding of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu during Pongal festival that month. Leading political parties in Tamil Nadu, including Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa have time and again demanded lifting the ban on Jallikattu.
“It is inextricably linked to rural, agrarian customs and has religious significance with families donating bulls to temples in fulfillment of vows”, Jayalalithaa had said.