Thirteen women and girls died after accidentally falling down a well during marriage celebrations in northern India, police said on Thursday.
The victims were sitting on an iron slab cover-ing the well on Wednesday when it gave way, sen-ior police officer Akhil Kumar told reporters in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh state.
District magistrate S. Rajalingam said the well was old and could not take the weight of those sit-ting on the covering. “The victims fell down and were crushed under the debris,” he said. The women and children had gathered to take part in a marriage ritual in their village.—AFP