Dahi handi pyra­mids can’t have those below 18 years, rules SC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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