Widows in India
The White-Clad Widows, the
forbidden “out-caste” by the Indian society.
Vrindaban & Varanasi, India.
Widows in India still
undergo ritual humiliations and extreme ostracism.
Now 85, a widow hobbles down the streets of
Vrindavan, a city in the north of India, her gnarled fingers
cupping a broken bowl, begging for her living while she waits
for death to claim her.
Its estimated 33 million
widows in India, the country with the largest widow population
in the world. Among them, at least 20,000 sit on the banks of
the river Ganges and beg for alms. Vrindavan and Varanasi,
holy cities in the north of India and two of the country's
most sought-after pilgrim centers, have become home to the
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