associate sponsors

Llyod
HDFC

Courts should not meddle in matters of Tradition, says Raj Thackeray , upset over SC curbs on 'Dahi-handi'

Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday expressed reservations over the Supreme Court banning participation of minors in the 'Dahi-Handi' festival, saying that courts should refrain from meddling in matters of tradition and culture.

"The courts should not interfere in festivals, which have been happening for years together. The courts are taking all the decisions. If this goes on, why have the Assembly or Lok Sabha elections? Let the courts decide on everything," Thackeray said.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The Supreme Court yesterday 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 judiciary has been harsh on Hindu festivals," the MNS chief said. He questioned why no action was taken on the issue of children participating in 'Muharram'.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is not being serious enough on the Dahi Handi issue, he said.

"The government should have given good lawyers in the Supreme Court to argue our case. The Chief Minister is responsible for this," he said.

The 'Dahi-Handi' festivals in Mumbai have been a huge draw for crowds as politicians cutting across all parties promise crores of rupees for the pots to be broken, however they are kept at impossible heights.

Many people die every year after falling off the pyramid and suffer serious spinal injuries.


Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 17:20 PM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See