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Jallikattu row: Trisha gets abusive texts, film stars come out in support of actress

Top film stars Kamal Haasan and Simbu came out in support of leading actress Trisha on Saturday, who found herself in the eye of a storm for her association with PETA which is opposing bull-taming sport Jallikattu. “Pls stop hurting Ms Trisha,” Haasan, who supports Jallikattu, tweeted.

Pls stop hurting MsTrisha.அவர்க்கும் நமக்குமுள வேற்றுமை ஊரறியட்டும் கன்னியும் வாழ நம் காளையும் வாழ வழி செய்வோம். தர்க்கம் தொடர்க நேசத்துடன்

— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) January 14, 2017

“Let the differences between us (Jallikattu supporters) and her (Trisha) become known,” he said, “Let the debate (on Jallikattu) continue.” “Way should be made for the well-being of both Trisha and the bull,” he said.

Meanwhile, actor Simbu has said Trisha had not known that PETA will oppose Jallikattu. He said it would be appropriate to talk about her good work in adopting homeless street dogs.

Trisha, an animal lover, had appeared in PETA advertisements supporting adoption of homeless dogs. After she was targeted by pro-Jallikattu groups for her association with animal rights group PETA which opposes the sport, Trisha said on Saturday she had never spoken against the bull taming sport.

Some Jallikattu supporters had briefly picketed the site of the shooting of Tamil film “Garjanai” on Friday, starring Trisha, in Sivaganga district, though the actress was not present there at that time.

Abusive text messages accompanied with images of Trisha wearing a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) T-shirt have gone viral on social media. The actress asked on Saturday if such an attitude was in line with Tamil culture.

Supporters of Jallikattu have, while opposing the ban on the sport, maintained that it is part of their tradition. “Disrespecting a woman and her family is Tamil culture? (sic) You should be ashamed to call urself a Tamilian or even speak about Tamil culture,” the actress said in another tweet. “Secondly, I have never spoken against Jallikattu at any given point. Thank u @iam_str for making my stand clear and talking up for me as always (sic),” she tweeted.

PETA had been opposing Jallikattu and wrote to the President and the Prime Minister on Friday arguing against any ordinance for holding the bull taming sport in the state as demanded by the state government and others. The group has come under severe attack from Jallikattu supporters who even demanded that PETA be “banned”.