Following two accidental deaths in last 24 hours, the Delhi government issued a notification banning Chinese-made kite strings in the city. The two deaths were of a young girl and a 22-year-old biker, both of who died after the kite strings, also called manjha
, got entangled around their necks.
Another teen boy was severely injured when he tried to retrieve a kite from a high-tension wire.
The manja made in China contains metallic or very sharp glass particles which can easily bruise the hands of kite fliers.
Chinese kite strings have always been a problem. The Delhi High Court had earlier in August asked the state government to take action against the use of such strings. But the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government had not taken any action in this regard till now. On August 8, the government had told the court that the draft notification was in the public domain and sought time to implement it.
The petition against the manja was filed by Zulfiqar Hussain who said that the razor sharp strings have been dangerous for birds “but now humans are also under threat”.
The Delhi government is not the first to ban the Chinese-made manja
. In January this year, Telangana too banned Chinese kite strings for the same reason. In June this year, the Karnataka government too imposed a complete ban on the Chinese manja
. Even PETA wants a ban on these manjas
across the country.