NEW DELHI – In most of India, millions of Hindu widows are expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white. They are typically barred from all religious festivities because their very presence is considered inauspicious.
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.
But slowly, widows are moving toward modernity.
The holy city of Vrindavan, in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is known as the City of Widows because it has given shelter to thousands of poor women. Their lives appear to be changing for the better, with women’s groups and Indian aid organizations taking interest in their welfare.
The widows are breaking age-old traditions of staying aloof by actively participating in Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali. They went a step further recently, participating in a fashion show.
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New Delhi, Aug 07 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ with school students, teachers and widows of Vrindavan on Monday.
Published on Aug 7, 2017