is home to thousands of old widows from West Bengal. Sulabh International takes care of all such widows living in six government-run ashrams.

Founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, recently drafted a bill for the protection of widows in the country. Pathak plans to meet Modi along with the widows from Vrindavan to push the draft bill for introduction in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

To highlight the inequalities involved, June 23 was officially recognised as ‘International Widows Day’ at a New York-based conference at United Nations in 2011.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has said, "No woman should lose her rights when she loses her husband."

Around 40 million of the world’s widows live in India and life for these women is tough.

The draft bill proposes a subsistence allowance of Rs 2,000 per month for each woman to be revised as per price index in addition to free residential accommodation, education, vocational training, employment and medical facilities.

Among other provisions, it says that a widow shall not be evicted or thrown out of the house of her in-laws or parents and would be entitled to property as per inheritance laws in addition to maintenance allowance from the heir or in-laws who do not keep her in the family.


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