Supreme Court to Clarify Age Limit For Participation In Dahi Handi Competitions

The Supreme Court is likely to pass an order on Wednesday regarding Maharashtra Government’s plea seeking a clarification as to whether a person below 18-years of age can participate in a Dahi-Handi ritual; and if the human pyramid formation could be taller than 20 feet.

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

Patil 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.

 Source: Huffington Post India


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