Police to crack down more heavily on kite flying

Punjab police calls for stricter penalties against kite makers, fliers

In view of the increasing incidents of kite flying, the Punjab Police has decided to send a letter to the Punjab government once again to increase punishments for the act.

According to the letter, imprisonment for one to five years and fine of Rs500,000 to Rs2 million or both punishments were proposed for people who were involved in kite and thread making.

Police suggested imprisonment of one to five years and a fine of two to five lakhs or both for kite flying offenders.

The letter proposed three months to one year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000 or both for the accused involved in kite flying.

It was also suggested in the letter to mobilize the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA’s) cyber crime wing against those who sold or advertised kite flying equipment through Facebook, WhatsApp or other platforms.

According to the proposal, the process of granting bail to those involved in violation of laws should also be tightened. The letter further said to take assistance from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Ministry of Commerce for banning the import of materials required for the manufacture of metal cords.

According to a police spokesman, tightening of laws and increasing penalties to protect human lives from kite flying was a matter of urgency. He said people who flew kites easily broke the law because of minor penalties.

He further said that police as well as district administration, civil society and other concerned circles would be mobilized to control kite flying.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.

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