Now, Kambala organisers see a ray of hope

Now, Kambala organisers see a ray of hope

 With the Union government clearing the draft ordinance for amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, enabling Jallikattu, the Kambala enthusiasts, too, are looking for a positive response from the authorities concerned.

Speaking to DH, K Gunapala Kadamba, the founder-secretary of the Dakshina Kannada Kambala Committee, said that pressure was mounting on it following the move on Jallikattu. He said a special meeting had been called on Sunday to decide on the future course of action on Kambala. The meeting will be held at Samaja Mandira in Moodbidri at 3 pm.

Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Jodukare Kambala Samiti president Shantharam Shetty told DH that the case pertaining to Kambala was pending before the Karnataka High Court and the verdict was expected to be pronounced on January 30. The Samiti has approached the court seeking permission for organising Kambala. He said various Kambala committees from undivided Dakshina Kannada have also moved the court.

Centre should allow Kambala: minister

Minister for Animal Husbandry A Manju on Saturday said the Centre should allow Kambala, just like Jallikattu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown interest in resolving the Jallikattu row, but he is “discriminating” against Karnataka on Kambala, he told journalists at Somwarpet in Kodagu district, reports DHNS.

“Jallikattu is a dangerous game and participants could die. But Kambala is a traditional folk game in coastal Karnataka and there is no cruelty to animals. There is cruelty even in horse racing. Why isn’t it banned,” he said.

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