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Hindu devotes take a bath in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India, yesterday. According to Hindu
mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them
immortality. As one of the gods fled with a pitcher of the nectar across the skies, it spilled on four Indian towns---Allahabad, Nasik,
Ujjain and Haridwar. AP PHOTO
The rights group Amnesty
International has called on Indian
authorities to ensure the safety of two
young women after their local village
council ordered them to be raped and
paraded naked after their brother
eloped with a married woman. The
unelected all-male village council in
Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, on July 30,
ordered that a woman, 23, and her
sister, 15, be raped and paraded naked
with their faces blackened after their
brother ran away with a woman from
the village's dominant Jat caste. The
sisters and their family, from the lower
Dalit caste, have since fled the village
and are hiding in New Delhi.
Earlier this month, the older sister
filed a petition before India's Supreme
Court seeking protection for her family
so they can return to their home.
On August 18, the Supreme Court
ordered Uttar Pradesh authorities to
reply to the petition by September 15.
But one of their brothers told
Amnesty: "After we went to the
Supreme Court, the villagers are even
more aggressive." "In the panchayat
(council), the Jat decision is final. They
don't listen to us.
India village council orders rapes of two sisters
crews jumped off boats and
trudged yesterday through
mud, rocks and uprooted trees
to reach communities cut off
by a tropical storm that killed
at least 20 people and left near-
ly 50 missing in the eastern
Caribbean island of Dominica.
Volunteers helped carry food,
water and clothes for dozens of
Dominicans who have been iso-
lated for up to three days after
Tropical Storm Erika dumped
some 15 inches of rain this week
on the mountainous island.
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit pleaded for international
aid, saying the damage pushed
Dominica back by two decades.
He met yesterday with members
of a newly created committee
charged with helping rebuild an
island that officials said was
devastated by floods and land-
"It's a very daunting task,"
said opposition leader Lennox
Linton, who met with Skerrit.
"The country has been signif-
icantly set back." Heavy floods
destroyed hundreds of homes
and roads across Dominica,
unleashing deadly landslides and
turning streets into churning
rivers. At least 20 people were
still missing in the southeast
village of Petite Savanne, con-
sidered one of the hardest hit
areas and home to some of
Dominica's steepest mountains.
"They are not expected to be
found," Linton said of those
missing, warning that the num-
ber of dead and missing would
likely rise. Dozens of injured
were still being airlifted to the
hospital in the capital of Roseau.
As Dominicans struggled with
the loss of family and property,
they heeded Skerrit's advice to
help each other.
Officials said the flooding was
so destructive in part because
the small island has 365 rivers
as well as several lakes and
waterfalls. The main airport,
which was recently renovated,
remained closed and partially
underwater, and dozens of
bridges have been washed out.
Some Dominicans opted to
take ferries to the nearby islands
of Martinique and Guadeloupe
to catch flights elsewhere to stay
with friends and family. Those
who stayed behind shoveled
mud from their homes as tel-
evision sets, bookcases and mat-
tresses piled up outside.
"The destruction is unbeliev-
able," said Terry Dyer, who lives
on Dominica's west coast and
is cut off from the capital. "It
is sudden and widespread. I have
never seen that before."
Erika no longer
As Dominicans continued to
dig out of the disaster yesterday,
Tropical Storm Erika dissipated
after drenching Cuba, the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.
At least one person died in
Haiti in a suspected mudslide,
and four others were killed and
another 11 were hospitalised in
Leogane, just west of the Haitian
capital, when a truck carrying
a liquor known locally as clairin
crashed into a bus and exploded.
Authorities said it apparently
was raining when the accident
occurred. Haitian authorities
also evacuated 254 prisoners in
Gonaives to other locations
because of flooding, and two
people were hospitalised after
their home in Port-au-Prince
collapsed in heavy rains.
Before disintegrating, Erika
also knocked out power to more
than 200,000 people in Puerto
Rico and caused more than $16
million in damage to crops there,
including plantains, bananas and
coffee. Erika was a particularly
wet storm, and moved across a
region that has been struggling
with the worst drought in recent
years. The remnants of Erika
were expected to move near the
coast of eastern and central
Cuba yesterday and into the
southeastern Gulf of Mexico
today. Gusty winds could occur
over southern Florida beginning
A state of emergency
remained in place for all of Flori-
da, and officials urged residents
to fill gas tanks and stockpile
food and water. (AP)
...as Dominica picks up pieces after tropical storm
Florida declares SoE
Three children are recovering in hospital in Aus-
tria after being rescued from a minivan containing
Police said the severely dehydrated children would
not have lasted much longer in the cramped vehi-
cle.The minivan was stopped in Braunau district on
Friday and the Romanian driver was arrested after
Separately, four men appeared in court in Hungary
following the discovery last week of another truck
in Austria containing the bodies of 71 people.
The three Bulgarians and an Afghan, who were
arrested in Hungary, were remanded in custody until
September 29. Austria is expected to seek their extra-
The latest incident---which was not reported until
yesterday---happened near the small town of St Peter
am Hart, close to the German border.
A police spokesman said that the children were
crammed in the back of the minivan along with the
other migrants, said to be from Syria, Afghanistan
He said the children---aged about five or six---were
critically ill and almost unconscious. Officials said
yesterday that their lives were no longer in danger
but they are still in hospital. (BBC)
found in van in Austria
Ten members of the Islamist militant group
Boko Haram have been executed by firing squad
It comes a day after they were found guilty of
terror charges at a trial in the capital N'Djamena.
Security sources said they were shot at a firing
range north of the capital.
All ten were convicted over their roles in twin
attacks on the capital in June, which killed at least
38. A month after the attack, Chad reintroduced
the death penalty for acts of terror.
Among those to die was Mahamat Mustapha,
alias Bana Fanaye, who had been described as the
"mastermind" of June's attacks.
A school and a police building in the capital were
targeted by suicide bombers on motorcycles, leaving
more than 100 people injured in addition to the
dead. Those attacks were followed by a blast at a
market in the capital in July, which killed 15 people.
The attacks were the first by the Nigerian-based
group in Chad, which hosts the headquarters of a
regional force set up to fight the militants.
The ten were found guilty of charges including
criminal conspiracy, killings, wilful destruction with
explosives, fraud, illegal possessions of arms and
ammunition, and using psychotropic substances,
according to chief prosecutor Bruno Mahouli Loua-
pambe. Chad has been instrumental in helping
Nigeria retake most of the areas Boko Haram had
Chad executes Boko
Haram fighters over
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