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THOUSANDS of women living in an Indian village claim tigers have picked off their husbands one by one.

The "tiger widows" living in South 24 Parganas in India say their husbands have been mauled to death while venturing deep into the jungle to catch fish and crabs and collect honey.

5Thousands of women living in an Indian village claim tigers have picked off their husbands one by one (stock image)Credit: AFP 5Boys wearing masks on the back of their heads to stop tigers attacking from behind at Sunderbans Tiger ReserveCredit: AP:Associated Press

Pradip Chatterjee, president of the Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum, told Vice News that 3,000 women had been left widowed after their husbands were killed by tigers.

He said it was a "moderate estimate".

Villagers reportedly said there have been at least 60 deaths from tiger attacks in the area since April last year.

Men have returned to the region from bigger towns where they work as migrant labourers.

Mr Chatterjee said working in the jungle can bring up to 700 rupees (£7), compared to just £2 for labouring work.

They then enter into restricted areas, putting themselves in danger of being attacked by endangered Bengal tigers.

The mangroves in the forest are critical habitats for the tigers.

Of the 60,000 workers in the jungle, Chatterjee said that only one-quarter of them have permits to work.

He said: "They don't ask for compensation fearing legal action. They are even scared to report deaths."

Tapas Das, who is the field director of the Sundarban tiger reserve, said only 21 official deaths from tiger maulings have been reported, while only four qualify for compensation.

The Indian government only provides compensation where deaths happened outside no-entry zones.

Haridasi Mandal’s husband Haren, 46, was killed by a tiger in 2014.

She said her eldest son has started working in the same area, and that she "lives with the fear of losing another member of the family to the forest".

Sulata Mandal, 35, said her husband Sujit was killed while fishing in April last year.

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She said: "My children have made me promise to never go to the forest again. But I am earning very little now doing these odd jobs.

"Unless I find an option to make enough to run the house, I will have to go back to the forests."

According to the Indian government, around 40 to 50 people are killed by tiger attacks annually.

5Hashmot Ali, 40, was attacked by a tiger and lost half his face in 1995Credit: Getty - Contributor 5The "tiger widows" living in South 24 Parganas in India say their husbands have been mauled to death while venturing deep into the jungle (stock image)Credit: AFP 530-year-old Sikha Mondol lost her husband in a tiger attackCredit: Getty Images - Getty Video footage shows the 'appalling' moment a giraffe has a bottle thrown at its head by a gang who broke into a zoo and began abusing animals

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview is ‘best Oprah has ever done’, sources claim

OPRAH Winfrey's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is "the best she's ever done", it's claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell tell-all interview with the chat-show queen is set to air in the US on March 7.

11Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will sit down with Oprah in a chat broadcast on CBSCredit: Getty Images - Getty 11Oprah Winfrey, 67, sat down with Harry and Meghan last weekCredit: AP:Associated Press

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, are reportedly "very candid" in the 90-minute Oprah sit-down.

The explosive chat was filmed last week, just before the Queen confirmed the couple had officially left the Royal Family.

Sources claim they will reveal the “tension” within the Royal Family.

The Oprah interview will air on CBS at 8pm Eastern Time in the US - just hours after the Queen makes a rare televised address to the UK.

OPRAH'S 'BEST INTERVIEW'

CBS presenter Gayle King, a pal of Oprah's, said: "I’ve heard from reliable sources—this is Oprah talking—that it’s the best interview she’s ever done.

"I think that’s saying something!”

The interview was filmed just days after Prince Philip was taken to hospital.

Harry and Meghan have vowed they will be “speaking their truth” to US chat show veteran Oprah, 67.

IT comes after Harry opened up to James Corden during an interview in LA.

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The Prince was filmed rapping the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song as they took an open-top bus tour around the city.

But critics questioned the timing of his interview, which came just hours after the Queen made a "rare and important" video about the Covid vaccine.

Her Majesty, 94, given her injection seven weeks ago, urged Brits to get the jab and "think about others" rather than themselves.

One senior source told the Mail Online: 'This blurring of the lines doesn't help anyone.

'UNHELPFUL'

"When the Queen speaks like this it is her message that should be heard without other distractions.

"This lack of coordination is unhelpful."

In another potential clash, Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview will come on the same day the Queen addresses the nation.

Her majesty will mark Commonwealth Day on March 7 as the church service has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

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The Sussexes' Oprah interview is set to be broadcast at primetime in the UK — with ITV clear favourites to screen it.

Rivals BBC did not bid and Sky pulled out of the running for the rights to the couple’s “intimate” 90-minute chat.

Oprah was photographed climbing into her £50million private jet last Friday after filming the interview with Harry and Meghan in California.

The couple were stripped of their royal patronages and military titles after the Queen refused their request for a hybrid role.

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Harry was said to be upset after being stripped of his honorary military titles as the terms of Megxit were laid out.

But a royal source said: "Time to hide behind the sofa at the palace.

"Oprah is skilled at getting people to talk about their feelings and bound to take them down a path they’ll almost certainly regret."

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