Kite flyers in Pakistan face murder charges and the death penalty if the sharpened strings of their kites kill anyone else. Several people have had their throats cut by strings that are either metallic or coated with glass shards, and police are treating these deaths as murders.

Kite flyers take part in “dog fights,” where the objective is to cut their opponent’s kite string, but they sometimes cut their opponents instead. Some of the victims have been children. Police are raiding shops selling that sell banned strings and arresting the owners.
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