Raj Thackeray upset over SC curbs on ‘Dahi-Handi’

    Mumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) MNS chief Raj Thackeray todayexpressed reservations over the Supreme Court banningparticipation of minors in the ‘Dahi-Handi’ festival, sayingthat courts should refrain from meddling in matters oftradition and culture. "The courts should not interfere in festivals, whichhave been happening for years together. The courts are takingall the decisions. If this goes on, why have the Assembly orLok Sabha elections? Let the courts decide on everything,"Thackeray said. The Supreme Court yesterday refused to relaxconditions put by the Bombay High Court like barring youthsbelow 18 years of age from participating in ‘Dahi-Handi’ritual of the Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra and cappingthe height of the human pyramid at 20 feet. "The judiciary has been harsh on Hindu festivals," theMNS chief said. He questioned why no action was taken on theissue of children participating in ‘Muharram’. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is notbeing serious enough on the Dahi Handi issue, he said. "The government should have given good lawyers in theSupreme Court to argue our case. The Chief Minister isresponsible for this," he said. The ‘Dahi-Handi’ festivals in Mumbai have been a hugedraw for crowds as politicians cutting across all partiespromise crores of rupees for the pots to be broken, howeverthey are kept at impossible heights. Many people die every year after falling off thepyramid and suffer serious spinal injuries. PTI VT DK ASVRDS

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