India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids

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NEW DELHI (AP) - India's top court says children as young as 12 can climb atop towering human pyramids in a popular Hindu celebration that has seen deaths and injuries in past years.

Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child-god Krishna each August by forming a pyramid with the last climber, usually a child, clambering to the top to break the "dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd. The practice honors Krishna's effort to steal butter.

Every year, several children are killed, injured or disabled in falls from pyramids that can reach 40 feet (12 meters) high.

A court in Mumbai last week set the country's first age limit for participants at 18.

The Supreme Court put that ruling on hold Thursday and said children who've reached their 12th birthday can participate.

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