Even as Maharashtra government decided to go ahead with notifying the rules for bullock cart racing in the state, Bombay High Court has extended the ban on the sport.This means that there will be no bullock cart racing in Maharashtra this Diwali.Every year post Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, bullock cart racing in great numbers are organised but Bombay High Court’s ban in the state will not grant the permission to do so this year.Bullock cart racing has been a popular tradition in some parts of Maharashtra and is known as Bailgada Sharyat or Shankarpat in various parts of the state. However, this year after Bombay HC’s ban, many organisers will not be able to let the speed of the carts go wild.MAHARASHTRA GOVT AND BOMBAY HIGH COURTThe Bombay High Court in August had asked the Maharashtra government to frame rules with the amendments in Maharashtra’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which would look over and govern the bullock cart racing.The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act 2017, however, states clearly that the organisers of bullock cart racing would have to be approved by the respective district collectors.However, now that the government has amended the rules and is about to notify it, chief justice Manjulla Chellur observed, “The very act of making a bullock run would amounts to cruelty. Can an amendment to the law change this fact?”The Chief Justice said, “If Supreme Court says that bullocks are performing animals then let them say so. As of now we are bound by SC’s observation but bullocks are not performing animals and if they are put up for races, the animals go through pain and suffering.”advertisementBombay High Court is also hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Pune resident Ajay Marathe seeking a direction to stop the ‘traditional sport’.
WINNIPEG — A woman says there was a strange dynamic in a house five women shared with a man accused of killing one of them.Holley Sullivan told court today that, despite horrific abuse, the women were jealous of each other and were vying for the attention of Perez Cleveland.Cleveland, who is 46, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of 42-year-old Jennifer Barrett.Barrett’s body was found in a barrel in the backyard of their Winnipeg home in December 2016.Sullivan is currently serving time after pleading guilty for her role in hiding Barrett’s body in the barrel.When the defence pointed to scams Sullivan took part in and a statement where she lied to police, she responded that she was just trying to take care of Cleveland.The Canadian Press