[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

Sudeshna Sarkar – IPS – Friday, 30 August 2013 (originally published 27 Aug) VARANASI, India , Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters […]

Miner Tuberculosis Creates Village of Widows in Rural India

Miner Tuberculosis Creates Village of Widows in Rural India

Shuriah Niazi – WNN Features Recent increases in deaths from tuberculosis among Saharia tribal miners creates an alarming rise in widows Majhera Village, India: Because of the deaths of so many miners, India’s village of Majhera, in the Shivpuri District inside the State of Madhya Pradesh, is now called the, “village of widows.” One Saharia […]

“Nothing to Go Back To” – The Fate of the Widows of Vrindavan, India

“Nothing to Go Back To” – The Fate of the Widows of Vrindavan, India

Lys Anzia -WNN Features “In many conservative Indian Hindu families, widows are shunned because they’re seen as bringing bad luck. Superstitious relatives even blame them for their husband’s death. The widow can become a liability with no social standing, an unwanted mouth to feed. Often they’re cast out of the family home,” said foreign correspondent […]