Below 18 Can’t Participate In Dahi Handi: SC


New Delhi: Backing Bombay High Court’s order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that those below 18 years of age cannot participate in dahi handi ritual.

The apex court also said that height of human pyramid, meant for dahi handi festival, cannot exceed 20-feet ceiling fixed by the Bombay High Court.

SC passed the order on Maharashtra government’s plea in connection with the issue of human pyramids in the dahi handi ritual.

The Maharashtra government had moved the apex court on August 3, seeking a clarification regarding the height of human pyramids for the celebrations after the Bombay High Court last week pulled up the government for its failure to obtain clarification from the apex court in this regard.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) last month, the High Court had directed the state government to approach the apex court on its order on the height of human pyramids.

The High Court had in August 2014 ordered that the height of human pyramids should not exceed 20-feet and children below 18 years should not be allowed to participate in the dahi handi function.

The issue had cropped up on a contempt petition filed by a city-based social worker Swati Patil, who is the secretary of an NGO named Utkarsh Mahila Samajik Sansthaa.

Patil alleged that the Maharashtra Government and others were not following the Bombay High Court’s earlier orders on the height of human pyramids during dahi handi celebrations.