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AP PHOTOS: Fashion show highlights progress for India widows

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An Indian Hindu widow laughs as she wears a Sari backstage before participating in a fashion show fashion show in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Until recently, Indian widows were expected to follow the sociocultural codes of a patriarchal Hindu society that demands a woman lead a life of asceticism after a husband’s death. Their lives appear to be changing for better with women’s groups and Indian aid organizations taking interest in their welfare. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)