Supreme Court Rules 18 Years As Minimum Age To Participate In Dahi Handi Festival

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4:21 pm 17 Aug, 2016


Supreme Court has set 18 years as the minimum age to participate in the Dahi Handi ritual of human pyramids.

A bench of justices AR Dave and L Nageshwar Rao were hearing a PIL seeking contempt proceedings against the Maharashtra government for its failure to comply with a 2014 Bombay High Court order prohibiting minors from participating in the sport of forming human pyramids.

Also, the apex court has ruled that the height of the human pyramid should not be more than 20 feet.

Though the  Maharashtra government had earlier challenged the high court order in the Supreme Court, the apex court clarified that it upheld all aspects of the 2014 high court order and that the government must implement its directions immediately.

 

A human at top of the pyramid during Dahi Handi festival. IndianExpress

A human at top of the pyramid during Dahi Handi festival.
IndianExpress


Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier asked people to celebrate the festival but within the guidelines laid out by Supreme Court.

 

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