The Bombay High Court on Friday pulled up the Maharashtra Government for its failure to obtain clarification from the Supreme Court on its order regarding the height of human pyramids for Dahi Handi celebrations. The height of human pyramids matter because when a high pyramid crumbles it can result in severe injuries to participants, in some cases even cause death. The High Court, on August 11, 2014, had ordered that the height of human pyramids should not exceed 20 feet and that children below the age of 18 years should not be allowed to take part in it. Here are some tragic incidents which caution for extra care while going gaga during the celebrations.
29-yr-old man dies during festivities: A 29-year-old man Anant Patil lost his life after a pole fell over him while he was attempting to tie a rope to hang the handi.
Despite several security measures, injury reports have always emerged from the celebrations. Last year more than 35 people were injured and admitted to to KEM hospital.
In 2014, Supreme Court banned the participation of Children under the age of 12 in the event. This came in view of fatal accidents leading to major injuries and deaths.
More injuries dented celebration mode in 2013: Nothing less than 250 injuries were reported in the year 2013. Govindas sometime fail to see the side effects of uncontrolled celebration. Hope this year, injuries are avoided and celebration news is the only thing that makes headline.
First Published: Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 09:05 AM