Thursday, August 17, 2006

Deaths ,Broken Bones on D-Day

Reports in various Newspapers on Govinda / Dahi Handi in Mumbai.

MAHARASTRA TIMES - 3 dead and around 50 govinda’s injured.
From afternoon KEM Hospital and Sion Hospital were flooded with injured Govindas.

LOKSATTA – More than 100 govinda’s injured.

TIMES OF INDIA – A RISKY SPORT – DEATH, BROKEN BONES ON D-DAY.

It was that day of the year when hospitals had to work overtime again. Unfortunately this year revellers from the streets joined those attempting to break dahi handis in crowding emergency and orthopedic wards. Fifteen year old Prabhadevi would-be Govinda Lakan Gadke died after falling from the truck on which he was travelling; it braked, sending him crashing on the tarmac and he was crushed under the wheels of another vehicle. Nine year old Nimisha Khambe traveling pillion on father’ scooter to reach the venue of dahi handi at Dadar, died after the two wheeler was hit by a truck that was ferrying other govindas. And a BEST bus ran over 24 old Mohammad Raqif sheik who was watching a dahi handi being broken near has Ghatkopar residence. Others, who fell while attempting to break the handis, were more fortunate. Nine year old Mubark Sheikh a govinda from Worli had almost reached the 40 foot high pot of curd at Parel venue when he fell down from the top of human pyramid. Another young student was brought to Sion Hospital’s emergency ward with two broken wrists.

This is precisely what happens every year on Gopalkala Day while attempting to break dahi handis. There is no limit for the height at which Dahi Handis are fixed. There are no safety Rules, Regulations, Norms. No safety precautions taken. An injury at the time of practices goes unnoticed. The prizes are offered are in lakhs of rupees which entice young crowd. Our politicians try to make use of this festival for their political gains.

WORST IS WE RISK LIFE OF YOUNG KIDS OF 6-9 YEARS OLD TO CLIMB ON THE UPPERMOST LAYER OF THE HUMAN PYRAMID TO BREAK DAHI HANDI.

We can try to minimize the risk with the help of mountaineers who use belay, peg while climbing. We must ensure that Trained First Aid persons are present on all locations. Doctors, Ambulances should be available at venue where for breaking dahi handi, human pyramids needs more that 4 layers. We can even think about Safty net building around.

In fact the height at which dahi handi is tied up must be restricted by Law.

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