Dahi Handis cannot be over 20 feet high: Supreme Court

On the eve of Janmashtami, the Supreme Court rejected a plea seeking its nod to form human pyramids above 20 feet for the ‘dahi handi’ functions that mark the festivities, particularly in Maharashtra.

A bench of Justices AR Dave, L Nageswara Rao and UU Lalit rejected the petition of the Maharashtra government and a ‘Govinda mandal’ saying it is very “dangerous and scary” to form multi-layer human pyramid above 20 feet and it could not be allowed as there is a possibility of people getting hurt.

dahi hAndiPleading for removal of the cap, the state government and Jai Jawan Govinda Mandal, which holds the world record for forming a nine-level human pyramid of 43.79 feet, told the bench that they were agreeable to comply with the court’s order for keeping minors out of forming pyramid.

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta and Maharashtra’s standing counsel Nishant Katneshwarkar told the bench that the exercise of forming pyramid is associated with religion and it would hurt the people’s sentiments if restriction of height continued.

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