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Ask for a Countrywide Ban on Lethal Manja

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.

In January 2013 alone, animal rights activists in Mumbai rescued and treated more than 300 injured birds, including pigeons, crows and owls, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. 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:
  • In January 2015, 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.
  • On 7 December 2014, 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.
  • On 15 January 2014, a 5-year-old girl lost her life after being injured by manja in Jaipur.
  • In January 2014, eight people died and almost 1,500 were injured in Ahmedabad alone because of manja.
  • A youth in Varanasi was killed when his throat was slit by manja in December 2013.
Sharp manja also wreaks havoc on power lines. Kite flying on Independence Day in 2014 caused more than 100 power supply interruptions in Delhi. A single power line disruption can affect up to 10,000 people.

Recently, a notification was issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & 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. However, the circular falls short of issuing an outright ban on manja.

Caring people like you must urge the government to enact an outright ban on the sale and use of sharp manja across India.

You Can Help

Please ask the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change to ban the sale and use of sharp manja across India immediately.
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