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Just because 'Jallikattu' is an old game, it can’t be licit: SC

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Published on 26 July 2016 11:38 AM GMT

Just because Jallikattu is an old game, it can’t be licit: SC
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New Delhi: In a stark observation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said Jallikattu – the bull-taming sport – could not be legal only because it was centuries-old game.

“Just because it (Jallikattu) is an ancient game, it cannot be considered as licit,” said a bench comprising justices R F Nariman and Dipak Misra and added, “If the parties could convince the court that the previous judgement was not right, the matter may be referred to a larger bench.”

Other highlights:

  • The court said kids below 12 years of age used to marry for centuries but that does not mean that child-marriage is legal.
  • August 30 has been fixed as date for final hearing to decide on Constitutional validity of Jallikattu.
  • The court also said it would grant no adjournments in the case after the final hearing.
  • The SC had refused to re-examine its 2014 judgement, which imposed a ban on the use bulls for the traditional sport, on January 21 last.
  • The game is mainly played in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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