18 Dec '11, 5am

Toxic liquor kills at least 170, mostly men, leaving a 'village of widows' in India

Toxic liquor kills at least 170, mostly men, leaving a 'village of widows' in India

Meena Biwi (C, in yellow scarf), the widow of Indian toxic liquor victim Sirajul Mollah, sits with three of her five daughters and other relatives in Padder Haat village, some 80km south of Kolkata, on Dec 17, 2011. In the space of just a few short days, the close-knit community of Sangrampur in eastern India - along with a number of smaller surrounding villages - has been decimated by a case of mass poisoning from toxic, home-brewed alcohol. -- PHOTO: AFP SANGRAMPUR, India (AFP) - They are already calling it the 'widow village'. In the space of just a few short days, the close-knit community of Sangrampur in eastern India - along with a number of smaller surrounding villages - has been devastated by a case of mass poisoning from toxic, home-brewed alcohol. So far 170 people have died, almost exclusively men, most of whom were the sole bread-winners in families that were a...

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