Dahi Handi: Police case filed against Avinash Jadhav & 16 groups for violation SC orders

Thane: A case has been filed against Avinash Jadhav and 16 groups that contravened the orders of Supreme Court during the Dahi Handi festival in Thane, Maharashtra.

Mr. Jadhav was sporting a message on his T-shirt – “I will break the law” written in Marathi. He has been booked under the charge of attempt to culpable homicide, personal safety of others and endangering life and also books under the other sections.


The groups have accused of defying height and age norms. The height of human pyramid and age norms has been imposed by the court. Height limit of human pyramid is 20 feet and age of a person is 18 years old and above.  Two persons who are adults have been injured during the dahi handi celebrations and human pyramids over 30 feet are made.

A little girl who had climbed right to the top was seen hanging, proving that the organisers had also violated the orders of Court disallowing anyone below the age of 18 to participate in the human pyramids in dahi handi festivals.


Last year during the dahi handi celebrations, a boy died and 300 people were injured in Maharashtra.
The team of Mr Jadhav along with other groups in Thane and Mumbai, contravened every order of the Supreme Court.The police said that Small children have been seen climbing the pyramids to break the pot filled with curd. Human pyramids have been built as high as 35 feet. When the upper limit of music is 50 decibels, then the Music has been blaring at almost 100 decibels in places.

The violations had followed the remarks of the Chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackrey had told workers of his party that the dahi handi festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, will be observed today “the way it’s meant to be”.

Mr Jadhav had declared that Supreme Court cannot dictate how we celebrate our festivals. If I break the law then I am willing to go to jail for this.

Refusing to rethink its 20 feet cap for the dahi handi, on Wednesday, the Supreme court said that To increase the height of handi is very scary.

The court had asked a Mumbai-based group which petitioned it to allow higher hands that Are you getting an Olympic medal also for this? Then we will be happy.

Dahi handi enthusiasts have pointed out that the handi will get no medals, but at 49 feet, the organisers were attempting to smash a world record set by a Mumbai-based group that had a handi at 43 feet some years ago. That made it to the Guinness book of World Records.