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Swadeshi Jagran Manch launches drive against ‘Made in China’ Rakhis

Jamshedpur : Swadeshi Jagran Manch has launched a drive against ‘Made in China’ Rakhis starting from August 13 to 26.

Officials said that most people preparing to celebrate Rakshabandhan seem unaware of the possible risks of the new rakhis with the ‘Made in China’ tag which have become an instant hit.

Unlike the string-and-bead Indian rakhis, these have figurines of characters like Pokeman and Hanuman on satin bands. They said that the brighter the rakhi, the more dangerous it is.

And, unlike toys, the rakhis are unbranded – so the risk is greater. “They are painted in bright shades of red, orange and green.

So there’s every chance of these rakhis being polluted with lead. Experts also point out that young boys tend to wipe their sweat off the upper lip with the wrist, which would bring the rakhi in contact with the mouth.

Besides, the reusability of these rakhis as toys and stick-ons after Rakshabandhan means they will be used over a longer period of time than traditional rakhis which are worn for a day or two and thrown away.

The rakhis are mostly imported by small traders who have little knowledge about the dangers of lead and cadmium in their paints.

“The Chinese rakhis have become a rage among kids because of the Pokemon and Shinchan characters on them. This week, anyone buying a rakhi for a kid has been only picking up the Chinese rakhi.”

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