By PTI | 27 Aug, 2015, 09.45PM IST
The elderly women living in Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan have made rakhis displaying pictures of Modi and would sent it to the PM’s house.
The widows, mostly in their 80s, are engaged in making colourful rakhis in the government-run five ashrams in Vrindavan.
“We have planned a target of sending around 1,000 rakhis to our prime minister,” said 90-year-old Manu ‘Maa’, who got a chance to visit PM’s house to tie rakhi along with four other widows from Virandavan and Varanasi last year.
“My idea is how to change thoughts, behaviour and attitude of the people of this country towards widows, who are their mothers, sisters, aunties and so on,” said Bindeshwar Pathak founder of Sulabh International, who takes care of around 1,500 widows in Varanasi, Vrindavan and Kedarnath valley.
“We will organise many such programmes for them in near future,” he said.
The event comes on the heels of these women celebrating ‘Dipawali’, the festival of lights.
Sulabh started taking steps for the welfare of widows after the Supreme Court took strong exception last year to the manner in which the bodies of widows, who lived in government shelter homes at Vrindavan, were disposed.