Jallikattu, or Manju Virattu, takes place in Palamedu and Alanganallur, two villages near the temple town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India and is a cruel contact game in which terrified bulls are surrounded by hundreds of shouting men, are hit with fists, have their tails twisted and pulled - or even snapped and broken – and are jumped on and wrestled to the ground.
There are reports that chili powder is rubbed into the bulls’ eyes, they are given alcohol and then have to undergo the trauma of being chased by mobs who try to overpower and bring them down. Investigations at five Jallikattu events after these regulations had come into place documented bulls being tied so tightly it would cause them severe discomfort and pain, hit with fists, having their tails twisted and pulled, jumped on and wrestled to the ground.
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