WIDOWS

  • Widows of Vrindavan begin Diwali celebrations on Yamuna banks 3 hours 42 minutes ago

    Vrindavan: The widows of Vrindavan lit hundreds of earthen lamps at the banks of Yamuna as they began their three-day Diwali celebrations through which they intend to spread awareness about the need for the river's cleanliness. They marched towards the river bank in a procession carrying lighted colourful 'diyas' (earthen lamps)...
  • Vrindavan widows angry with Hema Malini, to talk to Mamata Banerjee September 23, 2014

    Vrindavan: Worried about their future in the holy town of Vrindavan after local MP Hema Malini's "outsider" remarks, a group of widows on Tuesday left for their home state West Bengal where they want to discuss the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "What Hema Malini has said is scary. Does...
  • Widows to participate in Durga Puja festival in Kolkata September 22, 2014

    Mathura: It would be a homecoming experience for fifty widows from Vrindavan as they will celebrate Durga Puja festival during their weeklong visit to Kolkata, commencing from Thursday. Sulabh International, an NGO, working for the empowerment of the widows, is organising the visit. "The widows, who belong to West Bengal, would not...
  • Hema Malini draws flak from NGOs over her remark on Vrindavan widows September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming MP Hema Malini's statement about widows of Vrindavan as "insensitive", the NGOs working for them have said that this has "broken the heart" of thousands of widows who had many hopes from the actorturned politician. Hema, a Member of Parliament from Mathura, had made a controversial remark saying...
  • Hema Malini sparks a controversy, says widows from Bengal, Bihar should not crowd Mathura September 18, 2014

    Mathura: Another Bharatiya Janata Party leader, actorturnedpolitician Hema Malini, has now stoked a controversy with her statements. The BJP MP from Mathura said that widows from Bengal and Bihar should not crowd the holy city and should stay in their own states instead. "If they (widows) are not from here...
  • Paramour kills widow after she objects to his relationship with her 18yearold daughter August 14, 2014

    A woman was allegedly strangulated to death by her paramour and three others in Bilaspur village in Muzaffarnagar when she opposed the accused's relationship with her daughter, police said. "The four accused identified as Ramvir, Anuj, Satish and Arjun were arrested on Wednesday," SP City Sharvan Kumar told reporters. The 35yearold widow's...
  • Breaking barriers, 800 Vrindavan widows celebrate Raksha Bandhan August 9, 2014

    Around 800 widows, shunning the shackles of social stigma on Saturday celebrated 'Raksha Bandhan' for the first time in the temple town. After actively participating in Holi and Deepawali in the past, the widows this time marked the occasion, on its eve, by tying 'Rakhi' to children and holy men in...
  • Elderly widows from Vrindavan make 'rakhis' for PM Modi August 6, 2014

    After Varanasi, elderly widows from Mathura are getting the opportunity to celebrate this 'Rakshabandhan' festival in a special way as they will send handcrafted 'rakhis' and sweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event is a part of efforts to bring these women, who have been socially ostracised for ages and...
  • Widows of Varanasi preparing 'rakhis' for 'brother' Modi August 3, 2014

    This 'Rakshabandhan' festival will be special for hundreds of elderly widows of Varanasi as they plan to send 1,000 'rakhis' along with sweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made his parliamentary debut in May from this temple town. The event is part of efforts to bring these women, who have...
  • Vrindavan widows to meet PM over protection bill June 22, 2014

    Widows living in various shelter homes in Vrindavan onSunday said they wanted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to persuade him to push for the Widow Protection Bill in the budget session of parliament beginning next month. On the eve of World Widow Day, 90yearold Manu Ghosh from West Bengal, who...
  • A year later, Uttarakhand's 'village of widows' struggles for survival June 16, 2014

    In this very day last year, 'god's own land' as the hill state of Uttarakhand is called, faced the worst fury of nature which left several thousand people dead and widespread devastation in raintriggered floods. The ones who died have gone by. But life has become difficult for the families...
  • Martyr's widow to get land as compensation after a long wait of 7 years May 30, 2014

    Bangalore: Seven years after she lost her soldier husband in an encounter, Bangalore resident Suhasini is now all set to get a piece of land which was promised to her as compensation back then. This comes after the Central government intervened in the matter and asked the Karnataka government to...
  • Widows of Navy personnel allowed to become defence officers May 25, 2014

    In a special gesture towards families of its personnel who died in recent mishaps, the Navy has allowed widows of five of them to apply for becoming officers in the maritime force and one of them has already cleared the process. The Navy lost 21 of its personnel in mishaps involving...
  • Widow remarries in hospital a day after recovering from jaundice May 2, 2014

    Fulfilling the vow of being together in sickness and in health, a 25yearold man tied the knot with his wheelchairbound bride at a hospital in Raipur on Friday. The female medical ward at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Medical Hospital reverberated with the chant of hymns when Rupali, who is suffering from complications...
  • Vrindavan widows to vote for social recognition April 20, 2014

    Manu Ghosh, 85, a destitute widow residing at an ashram in Vrindavan, is both eager and elated at the prospect of casting her vote in this election. Ghosh is one of the 225 lucky women, out of 3,000 widows living in miserable conditions who have a valid voter card each...
  • Vrindavan: 1000 widows break shackles of social stigma, play Holi with colours, gulal March 14, 2014

    About 1000 widows, shunning the shackles of social stigma, on Friday played Holi with colours and gulal at Meera Sahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan. It was for the first time that the widows gathered in such a large number to play Holi with gulal and water colour at the 200-year-old Ashram. They...
  • Vrindavan widows to play Holi with colours and gulal March 11, 2014

    Breaking social stigmas, thousands of widows living in Vrindavan will play Holi this year with colours and gulal, unlike last year when they had sprinkled flower petals on each other. Around 1,000 widows will celebrate Holi on March 14 at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan, Vrindavan, where in a symbolic gesture, they will...
  • US designer to teach clothing design to Vrindavan widows March 7, 2014

    New York-based designer Kopal will teach clothing design to widows staying in shelter homes run by Sulabh International and the apparel created by them will be marketed in the US and Australia. An initiative of social reformer Bindeshwar Pathak, the programme aims to empower widows by enabling them to learn new...
  • LS Polls: Jaspal Bhatti's widow is AAP's Chandigarh choice March 2, 2014

    Chandigarh: Late comedian-actor Jaspal Bhatti's widow Savita is the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAPs) choice for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. The party announced her name in New Delhi on Saturday. Savita, a mass communications post-graduate has also acted in films and television. She is the first candidate to be announced...
  • Widows to share experience at BHU seminar on Monday February 16, 2014

    Hundreds of widows exchanged their experiences mostly bitter and some sweet as they prepared to participate in a seminar in Varanasion Monday. "It's a lifetime experience for us," said Manu Ghosh, a widow in her eighties, and recalled how she and a dozen others from Vrindavan enjoyed a flight...
  • CJ Preeti Joshi: Husband committed suicide after MCD failed to pay salary for 10 months January 12, 2014

    Amit Joshi, a 38 year old employee of MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) was not paid his salary for 10 months only because he refused to bribe a clerk. After repeated requests and letters of complaints didn't work. Amit had to take huge debts to bring food home for his...
  • 'Wives of disappeared Kashmiri men can remarry after 4 years' December 26, 2013

    In a significant development, a group of Islamic scholars on Thursday ruled that 'halfwidows', or women whose husbands had disappeared during the over 20yearlong conflict in Jammu and Kashmir and whose whereabouts are since unknown, can remarry after four years of waiting for their spouses. A civil society initiative had organized...
  • Widow's remarriage no ground to deny her relief: Bombay HC December 19, 2013

    The Bombay High Court has held that remarriage of a widow would not deprive her from getting compensation for accidental death of her first husband. The ruling was delivered by a bench headed by Justice Dharmadhikari recently. "The law postulates grant of just compensation to the claimants. That she was married...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Village of widows' gets more aid from NGO December 15, 2013

    Extending a helping hand to those hit by flooding in Uttarakhand, NGO Sulabh International on Sunday decided to give Rs 1,000 per month to 300 more families of DeoliBramhagram area, from where at least 57 men went missing giving it a tag of "village of widows". DeoliBramhagram panchayat, which is about...
  • Widow honoured for donating her land for construction of toilets in Bahraich November 30, 2013

    Sulabh International on Friday announced a Rs 2 lakh cash prize and Rs 10,000 every month dole to an Uttar Pradesh widow who donated her land for constructing a public toilet complex in a Bahraich village. An official of the NGO said the example set by Manorani Yadav of Bhabhanipur village,...
  • Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal's silliest remarks November 27, 2013

    Samajwadi Party Naresh Agarwal has once again made a controversial statement on the Tehelka case. The leader, known for shooting off his mouth during several occasions in the past, had once compared the BJP to a 'widow'. Read his other controversial statements here. ...
  • 100 widows ostracised by society will celebrate Diwali in Vrindavan November 3, 2013

    Vrindavan: Lighting up their own lives, 100 widows ostracised by the society will celebrate Diwali in Vrindavan on Sunday. Helping them get over the social stigma is Sulabh International and Meera Sahabhagini Ashram. For some of the widows in Vrindavan this will be the first Diwali celebration in decades. Abandoned by...
  • Vrindavan widows light Diwali lamps, defuse gloom October 31, 2013

    As if starting a fresh chapter in the history of social reform in India, the widows of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday lit Diwali lamps, symbolising a new surge of empowerment of poor and abondoned women. More than a 1,000 widows, most of them aged 70 years or above, who...
  • Congress leader, five others booked for widow's gangrape October 21, 2013

    A local Congress leader and five others have been booked for allegedly raping a widow in Bijnor, police said on Monday. The FIR was registered on Sunday against Congress leader Yadram Chandel and five others Ompal, Raghu, Rizwan, Salman and an unidentified man at a city police station, police said. According...
  • NGO takes widows from Vrindavan to Kolkata for Durga Puja October 10, 2013

    Kolkata: A group of 50 women from Vrindavan, mostly widows, are in Kolkata to celebrate Durga Puja. Along with celebrations, they are also making a bold social statement. 91yearold Maanu Ghosh returned to Kolkata, her birthplace, after two decades. Married at 11 and widowed at 40, Maanuma was abandoned by...