Dahi Handi Row: SC asks Bombay HC to hear plea against age, height cap
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 01-Aug-2017
Mumbai, August 1: Dahi Handi or as we popularly know as ‘Janmashtami’ is a popular festival celebrated in the state of Maharashtra. But ahead of Janmashtami, the Supreme Court remanded back a plea by Bombay High Court challenging the order of height cap of the human pyramid and minor participation in the ‘Dahi Handi’.
A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi sent the matter back to the high court asking it to consider the plea afresh in the wake of material furnished by the state government, several NGOs and individuals.
The bench said the matter would be taken up by the Bombay High Court on August 7. The state government has told the apex court that it has put several security measures in place and therefore, the age cap should be relaxed.
The High Court had earlier barred youths below 18 years of age from participating in 'Dahi-Handi' festival in Maharashtra and capping the height of the human pyramid at 20 feet. Several organisations have sought modification of the order saying capping the height of human pyramid would take the adventure out of the festival which has become a popular and competitive sport in the western megapolis.
The court was told that the highest human pyramid at 43.79 feet has found mention in the Guinness Book of World Records and capping it would be unfair.