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Widow in Vrindavan
VRINDAVAN, INDIA – MARCH 29: A widow combs her hair outside her one-room home in Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on March 29, 2013 in Mathura, India. While many widows in the ‘city of devout widows’, believed to be birthplace of Lord Krishna, as Vrindavan is known as, choose to live in shelter homes or ashrams, quite a few go for their own rented places. Traditionally, generally speaking, widows in conservative regions of the country avoid or have been denied social sanction for remarriage, are expected to wear white, eat simple food and abstain from participating in social events. Historically, they generally faced contempt from the families of their in-laws and community at large, who would attribute their men’s death to themselves, believed to have brought bad luck to the families. They led, and in several places in the country still lead a lonely life. Vrindavan, is believed to be a place of salvation and offers a setting for camaraderie among single women.
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