The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Bombay High Court’s decision banning youth below the age of 18 to participate in Dahi Handi ritual and restricting the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet.
The decision comes after Maharashtra government had approached the apex court last week seeking clarity over the issue. The Bombay High Court, in August 2014, had directed the state government to issue a circular providing details of the restrictions.
The matter was then taken to Supreme Court which put a stay on the high court ruling. The matter once again surfaced after a city-based social worker Swati Patil filed a contempt petition against state government claiming that it was not following the Bombay High Court’s orders.
Supreme Court’s decision is crucial as the Janmashtama festival is approaching and Dahi Handi ritual is an essential part of the celebrations in Maharashtra. However, there is a lot of risk involved while performing the ritual and it leads to serious injuries, sometimes fatal.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier asked people to celebrate the festival but within the guidelines laid out by Supreme Court.