Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that children below 18 years should not be allowed to participate in the Dahi Handi function. It has upheld Mumbai High Court’s order that restricted the height of human pyramids 20 feet.
“Youth below 18 years of age cannot participate as ‘Govindas’ in upcoming Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra,”said the order adding that ‘Handi festival cannot exceed 20 feet ceiling fixed by the Bombay HC.’
Maharashtra Government had earlier moved Supreme Court on August 3, seeking clarification on height of human pyramids for Dahi Handi festival.
Bombay High Court last week pulled up the state government failing to get clarification from the Supreme Court.
The High Court had on August 11, 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 came up on a contempt petition filed by social worker Swati Patil, who is the secretary of an NGO named Utkarsh Mahila Samajik Sanstha.
He alleged that Maharashtra Government and others were not following earlier orders of the Bombay High Court on the height of human pyramids during Dahi Handi celebrations.
Dahi Handi is celebrated every August- September months in India. Popularly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra, the festival is part of Krishna Janmashtami, celebrated as the birth day of lord Krishna.
It involves making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd tied at a height. Devotees form human pyramid and use children posing as ‘govinda’s to break the pot carrying curd.
The festival ran into controversy after several objected to the formation of human pyramid saying that it poses serious chances of accidents and injuries while breaking the earthen pot.