Manja Kills Birds and Humans – You Can Help Stop This 

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The manja used in kite-flying competitions is often gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed glass, metal or other materials to make it sharp. Sharp manja is deadly for thousands of pigeons, crows, owls, endangered vultures and other birds who are wounded or killed when they become entangled in the strings.

A bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that 2,000 birds are injured in the city every year during Uttarayan and that approximately 500 of them die from their injuries.

Sharp manja is hazardous not only for birds but also for humans – including passers-by travelling on open vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, or scooters – and is responsible for numerous injuries and deaths of children and adults every year. Here are only a few of many examples:

  • A 5-year-old boy in Vadodara died after his throat was slit by sharp manja while he was on his way to school with his father.
  • A 2-year-old boy in Jaipur received 22 stitches after sharp manja cut his face and neck so badly that doctors had to struggle to save his life.
  • A 5-year-old girl lost her life after being injured by manja in Jaipur.
  • A youth in Varanasi was killed when his throat was slit by manja.

Sharp manja also wreaks havoc on power lines. A single power line disruption can affect up to 10,000 people.

notification was issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change urging the chief secretaries of all states and union territories of India to initiate appropriate action with regard to the use of manja, while the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which operates under this ministry, has called for an outright ban on the deadly string. Numerous states have since banned the sale and use of it. Urge the remaining states and union territories to adhere to the AWBI's instruction.

You Can Help

Please help stop the sale and use of sharp manja across India immediately.

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