Agartala: Jamatia Hoda, the apex body of the State’s second-largest tribal community, has opposed the order issued by the Tripura High Court imposing a total ban on animal sacrifice for religious purpose. Hoda stated that the High Court order is a big blow on the religious believes, culture and the tradition of the tribal communities of the State.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh in a recent verdict has imposed a total ban on animal sacrifice in all temples, religious places and private places. It also instructed the State administration to submit periodical reports on execution of the order.
The government of Tripura has filed an appeal against the order in the Supreme Court. Royal scion Pradyot Bikram Kishor Debbarman also filed a separate appeal challenging the High Court order. Jamatia Hoda is even prepared to seek judicial review of the order in the apex court of the country but is waiting to see the outcome of the aforesaid appeals.
Jamatia’s are the custodian of the Baba Garia, the presiding gaiety of all the tribal communities of the State. Baba Garia puja is held in every Chaitra month of Tripurabda or Bengali calendar when large number of goat, buffalo and birds are sacrificed. Similar sacrifices take place in all most all festivals of the tribals in the State.