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Defying tradition,Vrindavan widows to celebrate Diwali

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published on:October 28, 2013 4:48 am

After celebrating a colourful Holi and Durga Puja this year,Vrindavan widows have another reason to cheer. In a break from tradition,at least a thousand widows from Vrindavan are going to celebrate Diwali this year.

Courtesy the NGO Sulabh International,Diwali celebrations will take place at century-old widow shelter Meera Sahabhagni Ashram in Vrindavan between October 31 and November 3.

Thousands of earthen pots have been arranged and are being painted by widows themselves for celebrations. The aged women were abandoned by their families or had fled their homes,eventually landing at Vrindavan.

Last year,the Supreme Court had asked the National Legal Services Authority to enquire whether the NGO is willing to take care of the destitute women living in different government run homes in Vrindavan,after which Sulabh movement founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak took the task of ensuring food,clothing,health and hygiene for the widows.

He also intends to draft a bill and hand it over to Parliament to improve the plight of widows.

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