New Delhi:Breaking free from social orthodoxy, widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi as well as liberated manual scavengers from Alwar and Tonk districts of Rajasthan today tied Rakhis on the wrist of Sanskrit scholars to mark Raksha Bandhan.
Many women who attended the ceremony celebrated the festival after a break of a decade or more, sharing the joy of the social mainstream.
“I have been living in Varanasi since last 11 years, and haven’t got a chance to celebrate festivals because of orthodox societal norms. Today I’m here and feeling so good that I can’t even express,” said a Widow from Varanasi, Devanti.
The ceremony began with women tying Rakhis to the Sanskrit Scholars who came from Varanasi to celebrate the occasion with widows and liberated manual scavengers.
A group of 5 women from manual scavenging background will also tie Rakhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.
Around 250 women took part in the ceremony organized by Sulabh International at constitution club in Delhi with the aim to break an age old tradition of ‘untouchability’.
“Our idea is how to change thoughts, behavior and attitude of the people of this country towards widows of India. And with this aim in mind we organize this event,” says Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International.