Toy guns injure 183 Afghan kids in Eid days
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 183 children sustained injuries while playing with toy guns in three provinces during Eid holidays, it is learnt.
Boys with toy guns copy action movies they watch on TV sets and practice the same during Eid days. Such actions have left many children injured.
Toy guns are available in markets against affordable prices and parents do not stop their children from playing with such toys despite warning from doctors their children could become aggressive and violent.
Many children got injured while playing with toy guns in groups.
Dr. Mohammad Yousuf, who heads a health clinic, said 42 children were brought to the clinic on the first day of Eid, 34 on the second day and 30 on the third day with injuries.
He said one of the children had his one eye badly wounded by a plastic ball used as bullet in a toy gun.
He lamented the huge increase in buying and selling of toy guns on this Eid. He said 40 children had been wounded during the previous Eid and the number of injured children increased threefold this Eid.
Another official at an eye hospital, Abdul Rahim Majid, expressed concern over the increase in use of toy guns and other dangerous playing materials that caused injuries to children.
He said injuries caused by toy guns were curable, but there was chance of losing an eye if badly hit with plastic bullet.
Majid asked parents to prevent their children from using toy guns as their use could develop passion among children for having real guns.
Dr. Farid Ahmad Anwar, a nerve specialist, also termed the use of toy guns as dangerous and said children’s future actions mostly depended on their interests and activities in childhood.
With toy guns and other similar tools, children psychologically became violent and got interested in violent activities, he said.
In addition, the doctor said watching action movies and wrestling was also dangerous for children.
But some parents said their children insisted for toy guns and they had bow before them.
Sadiqullah, a resident of Khairkhana locality in Kabul, said: “My son insisted on buying him a toy gun and he wounded the eye of another child with his toy gun on the first day of Eid.”
After the incident, he beat his son and did not allow him to go out of house for the next two day of Eid.
Ahmad Shah, a resident of Qala-i-Zaman Khan, said he had convinced his sons not to buy toy guns as they were dangerous.
Parents say the authorities should halt the supply of toy guns to the market.
An official at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), who wished to go unnamed, expressed concerns over the growing trend of toy guns in the country and said this year, a variety of toy guns had been imported to Afghanistan.
He, however, said the issue had been shared with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce (MTC).
MTC officials could not be reached for comments.
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