mid day editorial: Can't string along the maanjha menace

Feb 13, 2018, 07:48 IST | mid-day correspondent

According to a report in this paper, a woman in her mid-forties, working as a marketing and advertising executive in Pune, was killed by an illegal, nylon kite string

According to a report in this paper, a woman in her mid-forties, working as a marketing and advertising executive in Pune, was killed by an illegal, nylon kite string. She was on her way home on her scooter when she noticed something itching her neck. Her throat had been slit with a kite string. She was rushed to the hospital but she seemed to have lost a lot of blood. She died over the weekend.

This happened despite the string or maanjha that caused her death being banned. The Pune police claimed they are looking at CCTV footage in the area. They said they were going to call in some children for questioning. The more important point is that they were looking for shops that sold these strings, in spite of them being banned.
There have to be strict, sweeping raids conducted across shops to see who is stocking these kite strings in spite of the ban. Are these strings continuing to be manufactured? If so, where are they being made? We need action if they continue to be made and harsh punishment meted out to those making them.

In case shops are stocking and supplying the old strings, there should be strict punishment for these too. It is vital that we choke the source from where these strings can be procured, which means going to the manufacturers and sellers itself. There is little point in taking action against those who fly these kites, without eliminating the root cause, which is the accessibility and availability of this deadly string. We also need all parents, schools and those working in the children's and young people's space to spread awareness about this string being banned and how it can be lethal. We hope government agencies reaffirm the illegal and deadly combination through mass awareness campaigns. It is time to ruthlessly cut these strings out for good.

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