Nearly 2,000 people abandoned widows and their families, living in government shelters inadequate in Vrindavan, India north.
NEW DELHI, INDIA – India's Supreme Court said last year that women should be given the resources and support they need to live their lives properly. Arati Mistry almost given up with his life. He was married at the age of 16 and was widowed just two years later. Woman who is now 55-year-old still remembers how her barely able to make ends meet. He told me, "I often wonder, how can I survive? I'm faced with adversity., I used to beg for food and work in people's homes. I can not stand it anymore, so I came here. " Mistry and nearly 900 other widows in Vrindavan, India now get a new chance, after being adopted by a non-governmental organization India, Sulabh International. Upon the Supreme Court's decision in then noted that poor widow living conditions, the court said that Sulabh could help. Now, the group is seeking its own funds to provide food, medical care, an allowance of about 40 dollars per month, schools and vocational training for those who live in shelters managed by the city government. Bindeshwar Pathak Founder of Sulabh organization said the initiative is a dramatic change for many women who were expelled from the house by family members and ostracized by the community, and often begging near temples to survive. "Ten months ago, they wanted to die, now they want to live longer, to enjoy life, they are very happy . the way we have changed the way women's minds, because now they enjoy a lot of facilities, "said Pathak. changes in Indian society slowly and lasts for centuries considered carriers widow misfortune and sometimes even accused of causing death their husbands. Many of them are isolated and not allowed to participate in religious events. many widows as Arti Mistry said the free health care, higher living standards and facilities like television given Sulabh has brought dramatic changes in their lives over a period of just a few months. "I feel very peaceful. God has sent these men to give me a peaceful life that can not be provided even my parents. I live a new life of peace," explained Mistry. The women in this place say they now feel they have purpose life and future they never imagined. (Aru Pande / VOA).
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