Two kids were killed after a kite string (manjha) slit their throats. They had gone out for a drive with their parents for celebrating Independence Day, on the drive as they stuck their heads out the sunroof windows their heads got entangled in the kite string.
On Monday 3-year-old Saanchi Goyal and Harry, 4, were travelling with their heads out of the sunroof in their car, when kite strings slit their throats. In West Delhi, a 22-year-old man Zafar Khan was also killed in a similar way while he was riding a motorbike on a flyover.
In another incident, an eight-year-old boy was injured after the string of a kite slit his throat in Ghaziabad on Monday evening. The boy, Aryan was out with his father when the ‘manja’ was stuck in his throat. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received nearly 20-24 stitches on his throat.
In a similar incident two people, including a police sub-inspector, sustained severe injuries after their throats were cut by kite strings (manjha).
These incidents were reported from Anand Vihar and Ghazipur over the last two days. Observing the incidents, the Delhi government has banned the use of glass or metal coated kite strings.
Delhi government has passed a notification on Tuesday stating the sale, production, and storage of metal or glass-coated kite threads commonly called the Chinese manjha is banned in the capital. However, there is no ban on the use of cotton thread and natural fiber free of metallic or glass components. The State has imposed a penalty of one lakh rupees and five years in prison for those who violate the ban.
Many people fly kites on their terraces and in gardens in the capital on August 15 to celebrate Independence Day.
And the celebration leaves behind lengths of ‘manjha’ toughened with powdered glass hanging from trees, electricity poles and other places.
The Logical Indian requests all the citizens of to avoid using glass coated kite thread on any occasion. Use the normal thread, and after the celebration remove the thread from the roads and places where it can hurt people.