Appalling condition of widows in Vrindavan, they beg to survive
New Delhi: The plight of widows living in Vrindavan town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh has caught the attention of the Supreme Court as it has sent notices to the state government and the Mahila Ayog ,asking them to give their versions on their condition.
Expressing concern on Friday, the apex court has fixed November 11 for the next hearing of the case.
Considered the most suitable place for the girls who are married early and become widows at the tender age of 18, the town has provided shelter to a large number of such girls.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a non-government organisation which has described their condition “pitiable”. Most of them are making a living by singing religious songs in temples, the town is dotted with. They are paid a paltry sum of Rs 18 per day which is far below the rate of a labourer fixed by the government.
· Some of them who have children are also living in widow home
· Ten thousand widows beg to survive
· Some of them have suffered sexual exploitation
It may be recalled that the court had appointed a committee in May last to collect data on their social and economic conditions. The committee has not submitted its report yet.
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