37 dead in stampede during Hindu festival in India
Anxious relatives searched for missing family members in northern India on Monday during one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, unsure if their loved ones were caught in a stampede that killed 37 people or had simply gotten lost among the tens of millions of pilgrims.
People thronged to the main hospital in Allahabad to see if their relatives were among 37 dead and 39 people injured in Sunday evening’s stampede at the city’s train station. Tens of thousands of people were in the station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform, triggering the chaos.
An estimated 30 million Hindus took a dip Sunday at the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers – as part of the 55-day Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. Sunday was one of the holiest days to bathe. (AP Photo; AFP/Getty Images)
Indian police charge five with rape and murder in horrific gang rape on bus, sixth suspect likely to be tried in youth court
Authorities filed rape and murder charges Thursday against five men accused of the gang rape of a 23-year-old university student on a New Delhi bus, a crime that horrified Indians and provoked a national debate about the treatment of women.
Police said they plan to push for the death penalty in the case, as government officials promised new measures to protect women in the nation’s capital.
Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed a case of rape, tampering with evidence, kidnapping, murder and other charges against the men in a new fast-track court in south Delhi inaugurated only the day before to deal specifically with crimes against women. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian gang-rape victim planned to marry man attacked alongside her, friends reveal
The Indian woman who was brutally gang raped and later died of her injuries was cremated Sunday, as her friends revealed she was engaged to marry the man attacked alongside her.
The pair were to be married in February, The Telegraph reported.
“They had made all the wedding preparations and had planned a wedding party in Delhi,” said Meena Rai, a friend and neighbour told the newspaper. “I really loved this girl. She was the brightest of all.” (Mahesh Kumar/AP; Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
Victim of hours-long gang rape on New Delhi bus in stable condition after several operations
The 23-year-old student who was the victim of a brutal, hours-long beating and gang rape on a New Delhi bus is now in stable condition after undergoing several rounds of surgery, doctors said Thursday.
She’s not out of danger yet, the chief of New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital said, but her recovery is going well.
“She is a really brave girl,” said Dr. BD Asthani, the BBC reports. “She has immense fighting spirit. Today is the fourth day since her grievous injury. She has withstood the treatment [well]. (AP)