The party turned tragic. On February 16, thirteen women and young girls fell to their death while attending a wedding ceremony in the Kushinagar district of India. “Thirteen women died in the incident which happened overnight from Wednesday to Thursday at around 8:30 p.m.,” said Akhil Kumar, deputy director general of Kushinagar police, the day after the tragedy.

At the time of the accident, the victims were installed on a metal plate, obstructing a well, which would have yielded under their weight. According to the district magistrate, the installation was old and had become fragile over time. “The victims fell and were crushed by the debris,” said Kushinagar District Magistrate S. Rajalingam. In the hours following the tragedy, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the families of the victims on his Twitter account: “My sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, he wrote. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. The local administration will do everything possible to provide assistance.”

In 2017, another accident in the middle of a wedding had already killed 24 people in India

It is not the first time that an Indian marriage has been marred by tragedy. In 2017, in the western state of Rajasthan, 24 people died after a four-meter-high wall fell during the festivities. Note that in India, it is not uncommon to see old structures collapse, especially during the monsoon period.

The accident took place during a wedding © Pexels

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