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Widow in an ashram at Varanasi
2013-2014
As widows, women suffer some of the most severe subjugation of their whole lives. Widowed women are harassed, abused, and denied land and livelihood. The widows have to face many kinds of deprivation: economic, social, cultural and emotional. Of all the deprivation the economic derivation is the most harmful. (…) Among basic causes of their vulnerability are restrictions on the residence, inheritance, remarriage and employment opportunities of widows. The situation of widows in North India is worsened by the system of Patrilocal residence, whereby widows cannot return to their parents' home even though they are often rejected by their in-laws. “
The Guild of Service. http://griefandrenewal.com/widows_study.htm
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"En tant que veuves les femmes souffrent de l'asservissement le plus sévère pour le reste de leurs vies. Les femmes veuves sont harcelées, agressées. Des moyens de subsistance décents et la possession de la terre leur sont déniés. Elles doivent faire face à toutes sortes de carences : économique, sociale, culturelle et émotionnelle. Mais de toutes ces privations le dénuement économique est le plus dangereux et le plus nuisible."
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