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PIL seeks amendment for allowing bull sport in all months

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The Madras High today sought government's response to a PIL plea for allowing conduct of 'manjuvirattu' , a bull sport, throughout the year instead of January-May as stipulated in the relevant act.

Issuing notice to the state department, Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of Madurai Bench posted the matter to July 24 for further hearing.

Petitioner A Aavudaiappan Servai of Mandhakudipatti in Sivaganga District sought a direction to the to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Amendment) Act 2017 to include all the months in a calendar year for organising events like 'manjuvirattu' instead of existing January to May.

He submitted that their village committee wanted to organise 'manjuvirattu' in connection with the local temple festival.

However, the district collector refused permission on the ground that the PCR Act allowed the bull sport only during the period between January and May in a calendar year.

He said 'manjuvirattu' was being organised in all places throughout the year.

Hence the should direct the district collector to allow 'manjuvirattu' on July 15 and 16 and also ask the state to amend the act so that it could be held held throughout the year.

The state had amended the PCA Act to allow the conduct of bull taming sport 'jallikattu' and similar events following protests by public, including students, early this year.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 19:42 IST