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Saturday, December 28, 2013

PLIGHT OF VRINDAVAN WIDOWS

The Hindu on dated 7th October, 2013 (Monday) carried an article " Vrindavan widows back in City of Joy to inaugurate
auspicious puja'.

When I read the article, my eyes welled-up with the emotion  the aged women are subjected to.  It is deplorable that the country’s highest court – Supreme Court – had to intervene  for the welfare of widowed women of Vrindavan.

What the Sulabh International (SI) did is really commendable by sponsoring the 50 –odd widows of Vrindavan (Mathura's shelter homes) to Kolkata for Durga Puja celebrations. It would definitely help to remove the stigma attached to their status in the society. These aged women desperately need more love and affection to forget their past trauma and lead happy lives in their autumn of life. The efforts of SI should be supplemented by more NGOs so that India’s credo of ‘ Athidhi Devo Bhava’ (Treat the Guest as God) remains untarnished.

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