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One killed in Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu

 Madurai:A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death at Madurai in Tamil Nadu during Jallikattu or bull-taming festivities, in which scores of young men wrestle with bulls in a tradition to celebrate the harvest.

 

The incident took place at the Palamedu village, at a point where bulls are tethered by their owners after they complete their run across the arena. The incident, which took place despite a double barricade separating the arena from the gallery, has raised questions about public safety.

 

Around 1,200 bulls were used and an equal number of policemen were posted to guard against any accident.

 

Yesterday, around 79 people, including spectators, were injured in the season's first Jallikattu held at Avaniyapuram, also in Madurai.

  

The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014 after activists said it constitutes extreme animal cruelty. Last year, after massive protests in which over 50,000 people campaigned for Jallikattu from the Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu enacted a law to bypass the top court's verdict.

 

This time, bull-tamers were administered an oath against cruelty by the administration. The district administration has also banned the pulling of the bulls by their tail, clinging to bulls and multiple tamers pouncing on the bulls.

 

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