Widows hope to meet with PM Modi to push for protection Bill

Founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak drafted a widow protection Bill for the welfare of widows.

By: Press Trust of India | Vrindavan | Published:June 22, 2014 3:54 pm
Pathak expressed hope that "the new PM would certainly pay attention towards the widows." (Source: Reuters) Pathak expressed hope that “the new PM would certainly pay attention towards the widows.” (Source: Reuters)

On the eve of International Widows Day, several widows living in Vrindavan on Sunday voiced hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure that a Bill on protection of rights of such women is introduced in the Budget Session of Parliament, beginning next month.

90-year-old Manu Ghosh from West Bengal, who is living in the temple town for the past several decades, has expressed hope that Modi would pay attention towards the condition of widows.

“We will approach Modi and our new MP from Mathura Hema Malini to take measures for the welfare of widows who are living in Vrindavan and Varanasi,” Ghosh said.

Social reformer and founder of NGO Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak had recently drafted a widow protection Bill for the welfare of widows in the country.

“Along with widows from Vrindavan, we plan to meet Modi to push the draft Bill to be introduced in the coming Budget Session of Parliament,” Pathak said.

Pathak expressed hope that “the new PM would certainly pay attention towards the widows.”

Sulabh takes care of widows living in six government-run ashrams and pays Rs 2,000 to each, besides having organised a series of welfare measures in the past two years.

Life of around thousand widows has remarkably been improved with the intervention of the Supreme Court.

To highlight the inequalities involved, June 23 was officially recognised as “International Widows Day” at a New York-based conference at the United Nations in 2011.

Around 40 million of the world’s widows live in India and life for these women is particularly hard, Pathak said.

Not only have they lost their husband, but then society turns on them stamping them out as worthless, undesirable and a burden, he said.

“Their plight is often invisible with many people unaware of the injustices taking place,” Pathak said.

While eight per cent of women in India are widows, only 2.5 per cent of men are widowers, due to the fact that men usually remarry, Pathak said.

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    SC
    Jun 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm
    What is not known is "how many widows (Krishna Bhaktas) are living in Vrindavan. According to a news paper report there are about 15,000 living on the streets of Vrindavan. According to another report there are about 800. The question is what are the true number? According to news Dr. Pathak of Sulabh International is providing Rs. 2000 per month as pension to each widow of Vrindavan besides providing medical facilities and the organisation is also managing providing foods. Dr. Pathak or the DM Mathura should disclose about the number of widows living in Vrindavan - whether the number is 15,000 or 800 ?
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      Sasanka Sekhar Singha
      Jun 23, 2014 at 4:53 am
      on Monday - June 23 - International widows day was recognised at the UN 2011---40 million of the world's widow lives in India and these women life are particularly hard---they are living in the Vrindavan town for several decades---and also hoe that PM will pay attention to the plight of the widows-------
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        Satya Ramchander
        Jun 22, 2014 at 11:12 am
        great work by sri pathak... the government must restore some semblance of dignity to these long suffering women.... the local MP we hope will do something tangible for them.
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