2 houses, a hotel and land in the village, but a woman forced to beg with torn clothes. Belonging to a wealthy family and a millionaire son, the mother only tore her clothes, begged for food

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Vrindavan5 days agoWriters: Deepti Mishra

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He has once watered the house of dreams with blood and sweat. Given that children were the support of old age, they were raised with love, but after the death of their husbands, they separated on their own. The boy began to feel a load twice. Tired of life, some widows left all of themselves and came to Vrindavan, while some children left Vrindavan by force crying for salvation. The story of the disintegration of their lives may be different, but the pain of the destitute widow and elderly women living in Vrindavan is the same. On International Widow’s Day, read the land report of the Bhaskar woman of Vrindavan …

He was standing on the road leading to Banke Bihari in Vrindavan at 6am. There were fewer pilgrims along the way and more widows. The widowed women, wearing light-colored sari, Tulsi garland around their necks, sandalwood tilak on their foreheads and sacks on their shoulders, walked fast. When some women were stopped and questioned, they learned that the doors of the Bhajan Ashram are closed at 7 o’clock. Before, even while visiting the temple, they have to go, so they are in a hurry. Bhaskar Woman’s team reached many old age ashrams such as Krishna Kutir, Mahila Ashray Sadan and interacted with widowed women.

Rights are withdrawn as soon as the husband leaves the world
Jharna Sen, 65, who lives in an ashram in Vrindavan, comes from Calcutta, West Bengal. He belongs to a wealthy family. The son is an engineer. Jharna says that if my husband is not there, I have no right at home. People and daughter-in-law stayed worse than the others. It was not allowed to spend a single penny from home. Before the pension came, this also stopped. Tired of life, he had to leave home. Meanwhile, there is a sore throat. He is silent for a few minutes and then starts saying — ‘Krishna came to town after asking people. He lived at Mathura station for 7 years. With begging, he could barely get food twice. Broken bed. Somehow I got to the ashram here, since then I live here.

After the death of her husband, Jharna Sen, who lived in Vrindavan, became Hari Bhajan.  He currently resides in Hey Radhe Karunamayi Public Charitable Trust.

After the death of her husband, Jharna Sen, who lived in Vrindavan, became Hari Bhajan. He currently resides in Hey Radhe Karunamayi Public Charitable Trust.

The millionaire son fraudulently left his mother in Vrindavan
Saraswati, 83, a resident of Delhi, is spending the last phase of his life in Vrindavan. Saraswati has two children. There are many properties in the village. There are two houses and a hotel in Delhi. Saraswati explains that Ekroj brought son, daughter-in-law and grandson to Vrindavan. Speaking in an ashram, left here with broken clothes. I ran back Bring the screams and pleas with you. I will do all the housework there. The son said – stay a few days, mother, I will come soon, but a year and a half has passed. No one noticed. She wipes away the tears running down her cheeks. Then, trying to smile, he says the son is all a game of luck.

He was at the station for many years, begging on the road
Manu Ghosh, 90, lives in Maa Dham in Vrindavan. She says, “At the age of 11, I married a 40-year-old man. After her husband’s death, the family abandoned her. I started doing utensils and laundry in a kothi in Calcutta, but when they learned that she was a widow they fired.My daughter and I went out on the road.The daughter starved to death.After that I came to Vrindavan forever.

Manu Ghosh.  After becoming a widow, Manu suffered greatly.  People turned their backs.  fired from work.  Now, forgetting everything, he is singing Radhe-rodha in Vrindavan.

Manu Ghosh. After becoming a widow, Manu suffered greatly. People turned their backs. fired from work. Now, forgetting everything, he is singing Radhe-rodha in Vrindavan.

She says – I didn’t know the way. There was no money on hand. He was hungry and thirsty for many days. He spent many years on the road and at the station. There he begged. If someone had saved something to eat or a few rupees by hand, the food would have been eaten. Otherwise, you should sleep on your stomach hungry. Then, somehow, he came to an ashram in Vrindavan. There was no food to drink in that ashram. He used to go to the bhajanashrams, where he used to take money, from which he used to live to eat. They went from 31 to 32 years old while living here.

“The wife must die before the husband”
Manu says a woman should die before her husband dies so she doesn’t have to see the life of hell. How many times did the idea of ​​taking my life come to my mind? Now I motivate people against discriminating against widows.

Vrindavan is also home to the widows of Nepal
About 15 to 20,000 widows from across the country live in Vrindavan, but most are from West Bengal and Odisha. When Bhajan arrived at the hut, there was a group of women engaged in kirtan. One of them gestured to the woman to sit down with her eyes. I sat down I tried to listen carefully to what he was singing. Then one of them asked Grandma, do you understand? I nodded. He mentioned that Makhan Leela is mentioned in the anthem. After a while, when the hymn ended, it was learned that all these widowed women are from Nepal. In speaking it was learned that Vrindavan is also the home of the widowed women of Nepal.

Nepalese widows doing kirtan in Bhajan Kutir.

Nepalese widows doing kirtan in Bhajan Kutir.

There is a lot of pain, but no swelling in the face.
These women faced the weight of social discrimination for years and years. He saw the beat of time and the indifference of loved ones. He had to beg to fill his stomach. Praying. To make bhajan at Bhajan Ashram, few rupees would be received, but for this the hands and feet of the priests had to be attached so that their number could come to the bhajan-kirtan. Despite all this, the mouth only sings Radhe-Radhe. He doesn’t speak a word of complaint. He also attributes to his destiny the guilt of every pain he has faced in life.

Now this is our family.
Can’t miss the family? In response to this, Lakshmi Ghosh of Odisha says people used to beat and beat there. No one was honest. Who feeds there? I am happy here. At the same time, Ambika Mukherjee says that this family of ours is better than the family of the house. The family can no longer be missed. There is a big family here. Damodar Dasi from Nepal, who has been living in Vrindavan for 6 years, says we are happy here. Sometimes I miss it. When you engage in service, you forget.

Widowed women playing Holi on the initiative of Sulabh International.  archive photo

Widowed women playing Holi on the initiative of Sulabh International. archive photo

A Supreme Court decision changed lives
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court regarding the funeral of a widow after her death in 2012 in Vrindavan. The court ordered to ensure proper funeral rites after the death of the widows. Along with this, the responsibility of caring for the widows was entrusted to the Sulabh International Organization. Vinita Dixit, who works on Sulabh International’s Widow project, says the organization started many programs to incorporate widows into society and improve their conditions.

Accessible organization that fills the lives of widows
The organization began giving rations, clothes and rupees a month to women living in the Vrindavan government and private ashrams. Forced to sleep on the road and beg, the women were taken to the foster home. Start-up of ambulances and health centers for widows. He started celebrating Holi-Diwali. The widows were taken to attend the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and Durga Puja in Calcutta. In addition, he initiated the initiative to remarry young widowed women.

Government system for widows in Vrindavan
In 2014, the Uttar Pradesh government began giving pensions to widows. According to Geeta Dixit, Mahila director Aashray Sadan, the Women’s Welfare Department has organized 1850 rupees, 35kg ration and free accommodation every month for widowed women living in the ashram. There are also 1,000 rupees available separately as a widow’s pension. Apart from that, there are also many things available for charity. The doctor’s team comes here twice a week for a checkup.

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