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Despite the Animal Welfare Board of India’s ‘request’ to the State government to stop Kambala for the year 2015-16, administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi will follow last season’s model wherein the events were held under strict supervision, without giving room for violence.
In a letter dated December 18, the board requested the Chief Secretary to stop Kambala as the Karnataka High Court had dismissed writ petitions challenging orders of Deputy Commissioners of both the districts banning performance of Kambala in 2014-15.
The board, in its letter, said that with the dismissal of the petitions as “infructous”, would mean that orders by Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district administrations banning Kambala would prevail.
The board’s letter followed a complaint by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, that conditions put by the High Court were violated during the last Kambala season. As many as 65 non-cognizable cases were filed by against Kambala organisers following violence during the performance, PETA said in a release issued here.
The Supreme Court judgment banning Jallikattu would also cover performances like Kambala, it argued.
However, the district administrations are not inclined to follow the board’s directive, nor has the Chief Secretary issued any orders to them to ban Kambala. Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said that he was not aware of any such “request”.
On the other hand, Udupi Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal told The Hindu that he would go by the December 17 letter by the Secretary to Government, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services. The secretary had directed performance of Kambala under strict supervision of police and revenue officials with video recording and without scope for violence.
Mr. Vishal said the letter has asked administrations to conduct the event as per the directions issued by the Karnataka High Court. The issue is clear and the board’s request cannot be followed, he added. Only if the Animal Husbandry Department changes its stance, do administrations have to follow suit, he added.
This season’s Kambala performance started from November 21 with Surya Chandra Kambala at Bangadi and four more Kambalas subsequently. Fourteen more are lined up till March 19.
From: The Hindu