After a tiger mauled to death four people in Kodagu district of Karnataka, the state legislative assembly on Tuesday took up the issue of man-animal conflict for discussion. But the discussion saw strange statements coming from the members.
Virajpete MLA KG Bopaiah from the BJP said, “First catch that tiger. If you cannot, let us know. We will take the necessary action. We will marry the tiger”.
The MLA was referring to an old tradition called ‘narimangala’ where the tiger hunter was married to the tiger he killed. Tiger hunters were traditionally respected in Kodagu for these animals would pose a threat to livestock. The hunter would also be showered with gifts from the villagers.
Adding to what Bopaiah said, Appachu Ranjan, MLA from Madikeri said, “It has already killed four people. We will kill that tiger if you cannot”.
This article was published by News 18 on March 10, 2021.