New Delhi, August 17: The supreme court has ordered that children below 18years cannot participate in Dahi Handi.
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.
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.
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.
However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier asked people to celebrate the festival but within the guidelines laid out by Supreme Court as there is a lot of risk involved while performing the ritual and it leads to serious injuries, sometimes fatal.