Dahi handi pyramids can’t have those below 18 years, rules SC
The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that children below 18 years of age cannot participate in the upcoming dahi handi festival in Maharashtra.
The Apex Court stated it was dangerous to allow small children to participate in such feats in its response to a clarification sought by the Maharashtra government over the August 2014 verdict that also limited the height of such pyramids to 20 feet. “We know of Lord Krishna stealing butter, but never heard of him performing antics to steal it,” said the SC.
The Supreme Court had initially suspended the order when the government challenged the ruling, but later dismissed the petition, leaving the status of the order unclear.
Based on a public interest litigation (PIL), the Bombay high court had on August 11, 2014, ruled that children below 18 years of age should not participate in forming the human pyramid. After another plea claimed that human pyramid formations were not adhering to the ruling, the Bombay HC pulled up the Maharashtra government for not seeking a clarification from the Apex Court.