HC partially in favour of 'Govinda' groups ahead of Dahi Handi
The High Court has given its verdict as Govinda groups across the state will get to form more than 20 feet high human pyramids. However, groups cannot entertain boys under 14 to form a human pyramid. HC has asked the group not to breach the law.
Every year, many minors participate in the 'Dahi Handi' festival and fall while forming a human pyramid. Some survive with injuries, while some lose their life. Considering the danger, many NGOs came forward and filed a petition to the Supreme Court against the practice of forming a human pyramid more than 20 feet high with minors. And so, last year, SC banned the practice. But the state government asked SC to lift the ban stating that the 'Dahi Handi' festival is the most celebrated festival of the state. Likewise, the SC handed over the case to Mumbai High Court.
During a hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the state, informed the HC that the state has ordered 'Govinda' groups to provide helmets, safety belts, chest guard to the people participating, registering their names and building toilets.People who have consumed alcohol shouldn't be entertained at all. The 'Govinda' groups have also been asked to keep the sound low. He mentioned that according to the 1986 act, boys below the age of 14 cannot participate in Dahi Handi.