I Am OK With Jallikattu Protest: Usha Uthup

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Kolkata: After violence broke out in Chennai and a few other places in Tamil Nadu when police started evicting pro-Jallikattu protesters on Monday morning, the subject generated considerable reaction in the Tamil community in Kolkata.

Singer Usha Uthup was all for Jallikattu. “I am for keeping it the way it is because it is part of the tradition and culture. It is not a good thing to ban it. As long as the cruelty is regulated, I am OK with it.”

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According to Bharatnatyam dancer Hemamalini Suresh, who has been based in Kolkata for 25 years said, “There is nothing wrong about the concept of Jallikattu in terms of sports. But one has to ensure that there is no torture of the animals. Wherever it is held, there should be a body to monitor that no animals are injured or tortured when the sport is held.”

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