After the Supreme Court of India put a restriction on the maximum height of the Human pyramids, the ‘Govindas’ of Mumbai have come out to symbolically protest against the decision of the top court. The Govindas of Thane are reported to have made a 40+ feet human pyramid in an attempt to break the Dahi Handi. This can be considered a contempt of the orders of the Supreme Court of India. A few of the Govindas used ladders to break the Dahi Handi as a mark of their protest. Earlier, they had formed a 20+ ft pyramid horizontally, lying on the ground. Followed by the grounded pyramid, they showed black flags before the actual formation of the pyramid for the Dahi Handi festival. They further went to use ladders for the breaking of the Dahi Handi.
The Govindas informed the media that this was their symbolic way of protesting against the restriction on the height of the pyramids. There were many Govindas in the crowd were seen wearing t-shirts with texts depicting the breaking of laws. Earlier, on the eve of Janmashtami, a bench of AR Dave, L Nageswara Rao, and UU Lalit had rejected the petition of Maharashtra government and a Govinda Mandal, who had appealed to allow the creation of a human pyramid of more than 20 ft. The bench declined the petition citing the safety of the people involved.
The state government and the Jai Jawan Mandal pleaded for the removal of the restriction saying that they would comply with the court’s decision to keep minors out of the event of forming pyramids. The Jai Jawan Mandal currently holds the world record for the formation of a 9 layered, 43.79 ft pyramid. Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackrey had asked his followers to openly defy the Supreme Court orders and gone on to threaten the police about interfering in the Dahi Handi celebrations.