Friday, March 10, 2006

BANNED IN PAKISTAN: EXTREME KITE-FLYING KILLS CHILD

This from the AP:

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - The death of a 4-year-old boy whose throat was slit by a low-flying kite string coated with glass has prompted authorities to forbid kite-flying in eastern Pakistan.

The edict came as the city prepared for the weekend festival of Basant, which features residents celebrating spring's arrival by flying thousands of colorful kites. Some reinforce the strings with wire or ground glass for dueling other kites and betting on who wins. When strings cross in the congested sky, the winner cuts loose his opponent's kite.

At least 19 people died and 200 were injured before and during Basant last year.


Wow. Talk about your cultural differences. I grew up flying kites in Central Park, but we never "fought" with other kites. I certainly never heard of putting ground glass on my kite string. Perhaps they could have banned that practice, instead of banning all kites.

1 comment:

BobG said...

Gives the expression, "Go fly a kite" an extra dimension, doesn't it?