Mathura: Cherie Blair, wife of former British Premier Tony Blair, on Sunday underlined the need for special initiatives to improve the lot of widows in India, terming the current welfare measures meant for them as inadequate.
   
"Over 25 crore widows and their 50 crore children suffer in silence worldwide. In India, most of them are living in a deplorable condition without adequate health facilities and social security," Blair, who visited the Balaji Ashram for widows at Vrindavan here said Blair, president of Loomba Foundation, a global charity that supports widows and their children, expressed concern over the plight of widows in Vrindavan.
   
She said the foundation has taken up the cause of widows in states like Jharkhand and Bihar and is ready to collaborate with the Indian government to support them.

(Agencies)