If elephants are paraded in Kerala temples, why ban Jallikattu, asks Kamal Haasan
Chennai: A day after police forcibly evicted pro-jallkattu protesters, actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday asked if there are no issues in parading elephants for temple festivals in Kerala, why there are calls to ban Jallikattu.
Speaking to media here, the actor said so many people die in Kerala due to elephant attacks. Still they are being used for festivals and other celebrations. They are made to stand for long hours amid fireworks and chenda melam. He asked why is not PETA looking into the treatment of Kerala's temple elephants, he asked.
Referring to the police crackdown on pro-Jallikattu protestors, said women and children were also reportedly affected in the police action. In videos which have gone viral purportedly showing police personnel indulging in arson and beating women, Haasan said he hoped they were not 'real cops.'
"Hope cops seen in videos are not real". Referring to the protests, he said it was a symbol of discontent. The uprising is "absolutely legitimate", the top star said, adding, he was very touched by the protests.
On the ban on jallikattu, he said more people die in accidents than jallikattu. On demands for banning animal rights group PETA, he said he did not support banning PETA. "Can Correct them, if they are wrong."
The 62-year-old actor, reacting to the police crackdown on protesters, had yesterday tweeted "aggressive police action on students' passive resistance will not bear good results." He had also urged protesters not to resort to violence.
Haasan, a known jallikattu supporter, had earlier lauded students for conducting a peaceful stir on the bull taming sport, saying he had become a fan of these students. Police had yesterday evicted scores of pro-jallikattu protesters from protest venues across Tamil Nadu, especially Marina beach, amid incidents of stone-pelting, torching a car and lathicharge at a few places in the city.
(With PTI inputs)