This is an ashram in India where widows live. They must shave their head, wear white, and beg for their meager life. Their families are too poor to take them in to feed them so this is where they live. The young beautiful widows are forced into prostitution for money. Widows are not allowed to remarry. This is the fate even for the child widows who are younger than twelve.
This week there was most unusual news that a wealthy man invited thousands of widows to his son’s wedding. They were given bright colorful clothes, allowed to eat and dance. ( Widows are not allowed to participate in celebrations!) In return, they were asked to give the young couple a blessing for their marriage.
Cultural beliefs and practices are so hard to change but I hope and pray others will follow with this generosity and love for these women. After all, most, if not all, faith systems command “care for widows and orphans.”
This is a movie review of this situation in India. It is available on Youtube.com and very interesting.