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At least 25 injured in latest day of controversial bull-taming festival in south India

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At least 25 injured in latest day of controversial bull-taming festival in south India

At least 25 injured in latest day of controversial bull-taming festival in south India

The bull-taming sport of Jallikattu continues in south India as part of the four-day harvest festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

The event was held in Palamedu, Madurai, on January 16 with as many as 700 bulls and 936 tamers registered for the event.

A further 100 veterinarians and a team of 10 doctors was brought in to attend to the numerous contestants, however reportedly at least 25 people were injured.

The bull-taming sport that involves an aggressive confrontation between cattle and humans is very popular in the state.

If the participant manages to hang on to the hump of the bull for a specific distance, he is declared a winner.

The tradition is very dangerous to attempt and at least 70 people have been injured and one farmer has died so far this year as a result of the sport.

Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 but after a fortnight of massive protests by thousands of people, the Tamil Nadu and central governments stepped in to reverse the bar.

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