A Day After 19-Year-Old Gored To Death By A Bull, Jallikattu Festival Continues In Tamil Nadu

| January 16 , 2018 , 09:46 IST

The bull-taming festival of Jallikattu has been mired in controversy, but a day after a 19-year-old man was gored to death by a bull during Jallikattu event in Madurai on Monday, the festival continues in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The Jallikattu event is scheduled to continue for the third and final day on Tuesday in the Alanganallur village in Madurai with Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisami and Deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam in attendance.

The deceased, identified as Kalimuthu, was participating in the first round of the Jallikattu event in Madurai on Monday and was attacked at end of the bull taming enclosure known as the 'collection point' a few minutes before the event concluded.  Around 28 other people were also injured during the event.

"Kalimuthu was out after his turn in the event and he was playing with the bull outside the arena in an open space when the bull attacked him," Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao said to media.

The bull's horns pierced through Kalimuthu and he was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead.

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Although the district administration oversaw the arrangements and the event closely, deploying dozens of medical and veterinary teams, a total of 79 people have been injured in the event.

The Jallikattu festival involves taming a bull that is released into a crowd of people. Participants attempt to hold on to its hump or horns to win a prize. If the participants are unsuccessful, the owner of the bull takes home the prize. The event is celebrated as a part of the Mattu Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.

Initially, the Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014 based on petitions from animal rights activists that it constitutes extreme animal cruelty. Last year, after massive protests, to allow the 'tradition' of the Jallikattu festival, the Tamil Nadu government enacted an ordinance allowing the sport.