Police unmoved as kite string cuts another little angel to death
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Four-year-old Fatima of Islampura was admitted to a hospital three days ago with injuries to her neck after a kite string cut her throat at Saggian. She succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday morning.
The police handed over the body to the family who refused to initiate any action. The police also declined to launch action on their own.
On August 8 last, five-year-old Asghar died after his throat was slit by a glass-coated kite string in Malipura, Band Road area of Lahore. A large contingent of police rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to arrest the kite-loving culprit whose fondness for flying kites despite the government’s strict ban.
Asghar was going on a motorbike with his father when the kite string slit his throat at Band Road. The little boy died while being shifted to hospital by the officials of the Rescue 1122.
The police, tasked by the provincial government to enforce the ban on kite flying, have miserably failed to implement the directives. The police now only swing into action when a tragedy happens. The police do not prevent but only react to these tragedies.
IGP Punjab Shoaib Dastgir had recently written to the Punjab government to enhance the punishments and fines for those who break the ban on kite flying.
In a letter sent to Additional Chief Secretary (Home), the IGP suggested tightening the rules by increasing punishments and fines for saving of precious human lives by kite flying so that such law violators involved in dangerous game and business may be clinched by their necks.
It had further been said in the letter that kite and string manufacturers should be awarded imprisonment from one year to five years with a fine of Rs0.5milllion to Rs2million or both.
Likewise, for selling of kites and strings, there should be imprisonment of one year to five years whereas fine should be from Rs200,000 to Rs500,000 or both punishments together.
Whereas upon violation of law by kite flying, imprisonment should be from three months to one year and fine should be from Rs50,000 to Rs100,000 or both.
It has been suggested in the letter that FIA Cyber Crime Wing should be directed for taking actions against individuals involved in the online business of kite flying through Facebook and websites whereas services of the Federal Board Of Revenue and Ministry Of Commerce should be sought for banning the import of raw materials required for manufacturing of metallic string.
The IGP said that easy bail procedure given in already existent laws of kite flying along with low conviction rate in punishment and fine, absence of legal action for online selling and buying of kites and metallic strings have caused an increase in kite flying by which despite strict actions by the police, sad incidents are occurring.
In the letter, details of actions undertaken by Lahore police in the first six months of the current year against kite flying had also been shared.