Jallikattu controversy: Trisha’s mother seeks police protection

Southern actress Trisha Krishnan recently faced the wrath of the supporters of Jallikattu for endorsing PETA. An angry mob protested against the actress and she was forced to leave the sets of her film ‘Garjanai’. 

PETA has been actively voicing against Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming sport practiced during the Tamil festival of Pongal. The animal rights organisation had also obtained a Supreme Court ban on the sporting event in 2014, citing animal cruelty.

In the wake of the protest against her actress daughter, Trisha’s mother Uma Krishnan has lodged a complaint with the city police commissioner seeking protection for her daughter and asked to take action against those who hacked into her Twitter account.

In her complaint, Trisha's mother wrote, "She has been a dog lover since she was a child, and PETA associated with her for a photo shoot to adopt strays. That's where her association with the organisation ends. We are Tamilians and we are not against Jallikattu." Explaining about the post against Jallikattu on Trisha's Twitter page, she said, "Someone hacked her account and posted it. Trisha immediately deactivated her account."

Following the protest, Trisha Krishnan released an official statement which reads, "I have never spoken against Jallikattu at any point. I am a proud Tamilian by birth and I believe and respect in Tamil culture and tradition. I would never go against the sentiments of my own people who had been instrumental in my growth and stature." Fearing for Trisha's safety, her mother has sought police protection.

On Saturday, Trisha said in her tweet, “I’m a Tamilian and I support @peta @petaindia cruelty to animals no matter how old the traditions are is no justification. #BanJallikattu.” But the actor quickly posted another Tweet saying her account was hacked and that she had alerted the authorities too.