Despite Supreme Court ban, traditional buffalo fights held in different places of Assam


  • Despite Supreme Court ban, traditional buffalo fights held in different places of Assam
16-01-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Despite the Supreme Court ban, traditional buffalo fights known as Moh Juj were organised in different parts of Assam on the first day of Magh on Monday. At Ahatguri in Morigaon district, a huge crowd enjoyed at least 60 bulls pitching against each other. Ahatguri organises one of the largest traditional buffalo fights in the State on the first day of Magh.

For the villagers at Ahatguri, buffalo fights are not only a tradition organised for pure entertainment during Magh Bihu, but it also acts as a meeting ground for people from all religious faiths. According to sources, the buffalo fight at Ahatguri began in 1972.

“This is the day when we can’t keep ourselves without holding buffalo fights. This is the tradition which has passed down generation after generation. So we cannot do away with it,” a buffalo owner said at Ahatguri.

Besides Ahatguri, locals in Dharamtul, Kaliabor, Raha, Laharighat, Sepon and Dikhoumukh have also organised the traditional buffalo fights on the first day of Magh.

The Supreme in 2014 in a case of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) vs A Nagaraja and others passed an order banning all animal races and fights. It directed the AWBI and the government to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering to animals.

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