Death Toll Rises In Stampede At World’s Largest Religious Festival

Category: World / Feb 11, 2013 11:15AM EDT
A stampede at a railway station in northern India killed at least 36 Hindu pilgrims on Sunday (February 10), the busiest day of the world's largest religious festival at which some 30 million had gathered to wash away their sins in the sacred Ganges river. Twenty-seven of the dead were women, mostly elderly and poor. An eight-year-old girl was also crushed to death. Up to 100 million pilgrims and Hindu ascetics are expected to attend the two-month long festival, which comes to an end next month. The festival grows in size every time it is held and is considered the world's largest temporary gathering of people. Officials said some 30 million visited the site on Sunday, considered the most auspicious day to bathe in the river.