20-ft restriction for Dahi Handi human pyramids to stay, says Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court today refused to lift the restrictions on 20-feet high human pyramids during the Dahi Handi festival, to be held on Thursday.The apex court was ruling on a plea filed by Mumbai-based Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak, which had argued that since young men below 18 were barred from participating in the Dahi Handi ritual, the cap on the height of the human pyramid should be relaxed as adventure is part of every sport.Last week, the apex court bench of Justice Anil R Dave and Justice L Nageswara Rao had ruled that the height of the human pyramid should not exceed 20 feet, observing that on the grounds of religious feeling acrobatics could not be permitted.The apex court had also said nobody under the age of 18 will be allowed to participate in the human pyramid formation on Janmashtami, which is celebrated with a huge fervour in Maharashtra.It however expressed its misgivings over the authorities being able to “control or supervise” that children below 18 do not participate.Last week’s decision had come after the Supreme Court restored the 2014 petition by some Dahi Handi organisers challenging the High Court order holding that youngsters below the age of 18 would not participate in the human pyramid formation and the same too would not be more than 20 feet.last_img

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