On Saturday, a 14-year-old Dahi-handi reveller, Kiran Talekar, too succumbed to injuries, almost a week after he fell during rehearsals at Sanpada in Navi Mumbai. Expressing concern over the deaths of children every year during the Dahi-handi festival in Maharashtra, the Bombay high court had recently told the government to regulate the height of human pyramids and ban participation of minors in it. Children are often made a part of pyramid-making team, as they are lighter and thus can easily climb to the top. The court also asked the state to ensure that the human pyramids, which try and reach the 'handi' (pot) of curd tied high up and break it, do not rise above a certain safe height.
This year the festival falls on August 18.