Two people were killed on Sunday during bull-wrestling, a festival practice that until recently had been banned, AFP reports.

The Indian festival Jallikattu revolves around bull-wrestling/ bull taming, a sport in which men try to grab the bull by the horns and jump on his back. This year, Jallikattu was celebrated on Sunday, January 22, after protests in the past days have prompted authorities to lift the ban on it.

The effects were tragic, as the sport resulted in two deaths and a high number of victims injured. In the district of Pudukottai, two men died after being fatally stuck by the animals. 28 other people suffered injuries, according to police officials cited by the Press Trust of India.

 

The Indian festival Jallikattu revolves around bull-wrestling, a sport in which men try to grab the bull by the horns and jump on his back.
Photo: Press Trust of India

 

Jallikattu practices have sparked tensions between animal rights supporters and those pleading for the tradition of the festival. While the latter say that no animals are harmed during the practice and that the festival is part of the Tamil cultural inheritance and its identity, the animal right activists have pushed for banning the activity, as it is detrimental to the animals’ wellbeing. The Supreme Court agreed and in 2016 banned the controversial sport.

However, the ban was overturned this year, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given into the pressure made by tensions growing between the state capital and other cities.