Sunday, December 18, 2005
DEADLY KITE FESTIVAL
Pakistan's Supreme Court has extended a ban on making, selling and flying kites that it imposed two months ago after ruling the sport had become increasingly deadly. Lahore, the provincial capital, is the site of an annual festival in which tens of thousands of people fly kites from rooftops and sports fields. The festival, called Basant, sometimes turns deadly when people fall from roofs or are injured by metal-lined strings. The strings are used for kite battles in which people try to cut one another's lines. Nineteen people died and more than 200 were injured in February during Basant.