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Wedding turned tragedy: 13 women die after falling into well

A wedding celebration turned into a tragedy as thirteen women succumbed to their injuries on Thursday morning in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The news: The incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Kushinagar’s Nebua Naurangia.

  • According to police, a slab of a well, on which some people were sitting during a wedding-related ritual, broke due to heavy load.
  • Some women and girls had assembled on and around a covered well for ‘Haldi’ ritual, called ‘matkodva’.
  • The slab then broke due to the weight of the women and caved in, with several women falling inside the well.
  • “This happened during a wedding program wherein some people were sitting on a slab of a well and due to heavy load, the slab broke,” S Rajalingam, district magistrate of Kushinagar, told reporters.
  • “An ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh will be given to the kin of the deceased.”
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the incident.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also condoled the deaths and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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