Ahead of Independence Day, PETA India Holds Enforcement Workshop with Delhi Police for Ban on Dangerous Kite-Flying Thread

For Immediate Release:

1 August 2019


Nikunj Sharm; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

PETA India and Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Delhi, Work Together to Implement Ban

Delhi – This week, ahead of Independence Day, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India organised a workshop for senior officers of the Delhi police force from the North Delhi district to discuss and form an action plan to implement the ban on all forms of manja in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, as directed by the Lieutenant Governor on 11 January 2017. The workshop was supported by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Delhi.

Photos of the workshop are available upon request. A copy of the Delhi government’s ban notification is available here.

The workshop was aimed at informing police officials that all forms of manja, including “bareilly ka” manja, are banned in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and that anyone found selling, producing, storing, or using it is liable to be punished under Section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The punishment can include imprisonment of up to five years, a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or both. The North Delhi district is the area where the use of manja is traditionally widespread.

“Manja is a menace – it poses a life-threatening risk to humans and birds, damages the country’s infrastructure, and hinders essential services such as electricity,” says PETA India Associate Director of Policy Nikunj Sharma. “The Delhi government’s decision to prohibit its sale and use is welcomed by parents and bird-lovers because it helps ensure that kite-flying is enjoyable and safe for everyone.”

A Gazette of India notification from the Delhi government, dated 10 January 2017, bans the sale, production, storage, supply, import, and use of all forms of manja to prevent harm to humans, birds, and other animals as well as the environment. Kite-flying is permissible only with a plain cotton thread free of any adhesives, strengthening materials, or sharp, metallic, or glass components.

Last year, after receiving complaints from PETA India, Delhi police seized about 100 kilograms of manja from various shops in Lal Kuan kite market near Chandni Chowk and Chand Mohalla kite market in Gandhi Nagar, East Delhi. Delhi police also registered First Information Reports against the offenders under the Indian Penal Code for violation of the law.

Thousands of birds are killed every year when they are cut or trapped by manja, which can get caught on trees or buildings for weeks. In February, a biker died in the Timarpur area after his neck was slashed by sharp manja. In July, a 3-year-old girl died after a stray piece of manja became stuck in the neck of the girl’s uncle, with whom she was riding pillion, causing the motorcycle they were on to fall off a flyover.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.