Pranab Mukherjee

In India, the bullfight might go on as officials vow to defy a ban on controversial sport

In India, the bullfight might go on as officials vow to defy a ban on controversial sport

Bowing to widespread protests across one of India’s most developed states, officials signaled Friday that a controversial bullfighting festival in Tamil Nadu would take place despite a Supreme Court ban.

The sport known as jallikattu, in which young men attempt to wrestle a bull to the ground with their bare hands, was banned in 2014 by India’s highest court, which ruled it was cruel to the animals.

Ethnic Tamil politicians and supporters of the sport have opposed the ban, calling it a part of Tamil culture. Some participants were arrested this month for staging bullfights, triggering protests this week that have brought the metropolis of Chennai, formerly known as Madras,...

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