Widows

  • Vrindavan widows to meet PM over protection bill June 22, 2014

    Widows living in various shelter homes in Vrindavan on Sunday 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, 90-year-old 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 rain-triggered 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 25-year-old man tied the knot with his wheelchair-bound 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 Varanasi on 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 'half-widows', or women whose husbands had disappeared during the over 20-year-long conflict in Jammu and Kashmir and whose whereabouts are since unknown, can re-marry 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 Deoli-Bramhagram area, from where at least 57 men went missing giving it a tag of "village of widows". Deoli-Bramhagram 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. 91-year-old Maanu Ghosh returned to Kolkata, her birthplace, after two decades. Married at 11 and widowed at 40, Maanuma was abandoned by...
  • Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK 'White Widow' September 27, 2013

    Nairobi: Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya's request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people. The alert was issued as Kenyan police broadened the investigation into...
  • Two unidentified assailants murder a widow insider her own house August 30, 2013

    A widow was murder in Delhi on Thursday evening by two assailants whom she had let into the house, police said. Madhu, 55, was murdered by the two unidentified men using a blunt object at her own house in Khirki Extension area in south Delhi around 4.30 pm, police said. The attackers...
  • Widows celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Varanasi August 20, 2013

    In a first, hundreds of widows - considered cursed and inauspicious and shunned by the mainstream of society for decades -Tuesday celebrated the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan. These widows gathered at the Nepali Ashram on the banks of the Ganga river to celebrate the festival in presence of seers and...
  • Amritsar: Teacher steers students away from a life of drugs June 6, 2013

    Amritsar: Punjab, the land of plenty. The state today is faced with an enemy within - drugs. And it's most lethal attack has been on one of the holiest cities for the Sikhs - Amritsar. Barely eight kilometres from the Golden Temple is Makboolpura infamously known as the village of...
  • FBI takes DNA samples of Boston bombing suspect's widow April 30, 2013

    Boston: Investigators on Monday removed bags of evidence including some containing DNA samples from the home in Rhode Island where the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been living, according to a person familiar with the investigation. FBI agents spent hours at the home of Katherine Russell's parents...
  • Watch: Vrindavan widows celebrate Holi March 25, 2013

    Breaking the tradition, more than 2000 widows in Vrindavan played Holi on Sunday out in public view. Traditionally, widows do not participate in such festivities but they have been celebrating Holi for decades at their ashrams. ...
  • Vrindavan widows break tradition, play Holi in public March 25, 2013

    Vrindavan: Breaking the tradition, more than 2000 widows in Vrindavan played Holi on Sunday out in public view. Traditionally, widows do not participate in such festivities but they have been celebrating Holi for decades at their ashrams. Sunday, however, was an unprecedented public celebration. As part of Holi celebrations, traditional 'Raas-Leela'...
  • Widows to play Holi at Vrindavan this year March 21, 2013

    Vrindavan: Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows would play Holi, the festival of colours, in the land of Lord Krishna. Around 800 widows would play Holi in ashrams of Vrindavan during the four-day celebrations commencing on March 24. "In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their...
  • Real Hero Laxmi transforms lives of widows in Vrindavan March 12, 2013

    Vrindavan: CNN-IBN's Real Heroes Awards in partnership with Reliance Foundation is an honour that recognises and acknowledges ordinary Indians doing extraordinary things. One such story is that of Dr Laxmi Gautam, a professor by profession, who is transforming the lives of the widows of Vrindavan. Abandoned and dumped by their own...