SC to hear fresh plea on human pyramid during 'Dahi Handi'

The Supreme Court today agreed to  hear a fresh plea seeking to relax the cap of 20-feet height  of the human pyramid.

Published: 24th August 2016 12:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2016 01:36 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to  hear a fresh plea seeking to relax the cap of 20-feet height  of the human pyramid fixed by it for the Dahi Handi ritual  during Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra.           

A bench comprising justices A R Dave, U U Lalit and L  Nageswara Rao said that it will hear today itself a plea on  the issue as the festival is to be celebrated tomorrow across  the country.        The fresh plea has been filed by Mumbai-based Jai Jawan  Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak.        

The organisation says that now that the youth below 18  years of age have been barred from participating in the Dahi  Handi ritual, the cap on the height of the human pyramid  should be relaxed as adventure is part of every sport.   

If there is no adventure in a game, then there is no  point in celebrating it, the Krida Mandal says.      

The Supreme Court had earlier refused to relax conditions  put by the Bombay High Court like barring youths below 18  years of age from participating in 'Dahi- Handi' ritual of the  Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra and capping the height of  the human pyramid at 20 feet.      

The bench had, however, suspended the operation of two  directions passed by the High Court to regulate the  'Dahi-Handi' festival.          

One of the directions, suspended by the apex court,  relates to amending the existing law to bar children below 18  years of age from participating in dangerous performances like  being part of the human pyramid of 'Dahi-Handi' festival. 

The second direction of the High Court, which was also  suspended, relates to the part of the order which makes it  mandatory for the organisers to apprise the authorities 15  days in advance about various aspects such as place of  celebration, its timing and personal information, including  the birth certificates, of participating 'Govindas' on the  ground of paucity of sufficient time.

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