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Thousands worship Indian infant

15 November 2006

KOLKATA: Thousands of people are flocking an Indian village to worship a baby girl born with rare tumours as they believe she is a reincarnation of Durga, the multi-armed Hindu mother goddess, police said.

The tumours on the infant, born in a village in the eastern state of Bihar a few weeks ago, looked like extra limbs, drawing locals from around the region with gifts of fruits and flowers, they said.

"People believe the girl is their deliverer, but experts say it is a case of congenital defect," said Amit Jain, a senior Bihar police officer.

Durga is worshipped by millions of Hindus.