The traditional sport of taming bulls to be held after a gap of four years in Ramanathapuram district
Following the conditional consent granted by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, ‘Erudhu Kattu’, the traditional sport of taming bulls organised during village temple festivals, will be held in the district on Wednesday, after a gap of four years.
Passing orders on a writ petition filed by Ramanathapuram Mavatta Erudhu Kattu Vizha Peravai, represented by its president K.Adhitan, a division bench comprising Justices N.Paul Vasanthakumar and P.Devadoss directed the District Collector to grant permission to the petitioners to conduct the events in villages in 2013-14, under the supervision of the local police and a vet from the local government veterinary hospital. The Court warned the organisers that the animals should not be subject to injury or be intoxicated.
The bench said the veterinary doctors should ensure strict adherence to its direction. The organisers should bear the expenses incurred by way of deployment of police personnel and veterinary doctors. They should also take precautionary measures to avert any untoward incident while conducting the events, it said. The counsel appearing for the Peravai submitted that the court permit Erudhu Kattu on the grounds and conditions applicable to cockfights. The Special Government Pleader, appearing for the respondents, also agreed to passing a similar order, the bench stated.
Presenting a copy of the court order, dated August 20, to the Collector and the Superintendent of Police on Monday, Mr.Adhitan sought formal permission to conduct the events during temple festivals at Kodikulam near Nainarkoil on Wednesday, and at Ulaiyur near Chathirakudi on August 31.
Erudhu Kattu, the sport of taming the bulls by pulling them with long ropes tied around their necks, is organised during temple festivals, he said.
The events were conducted from May to October in about 120 villages in the district. This year, the event would be held in 15 to 20 villages, he added.
Meanwhile, police filed cases against 22 people of Perumalmadai village near R S Mangalam for conducting Erudhu Kattu in violation of prohibitory orders.