6 Dead After Throats Sliced By Kite Strings At Indian Festival

A man flies a kite on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a day considered to be of great religious significance in Hindu mythology, in Amritsar on January 14, 2023. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP) (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Six people, including three children, died after their throats were cut by kite strings during an annual festival in India, according to multiple reports.
  • The Uttarayan festival, which takes place in the western Indian state of Gujarat, is one of the biggest festivals in the region, celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather for farmers, LBC reported Wednesday.
  • Festivities began Jan. 14, during which time hundreds gathered to fly kites from rooftops and terraces. In several instances, kites with “sharp strings” allegedly became entangled around the necks of revelers, slicing their throats until they “bled to death,” officials told The Tribune India.
  • Over 150 people were allegedly injured by the kites during the festivities.

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