View Full Version : Shunned from society, widows flock to city to die

07-05-2007, 11:19 AM
Ostracized by society, India's widows flock to the holy city of Vrindavan waiting to die. They are found on side streets, hunched over with walking canes, their heads shaved and their pain etched by hundreds of deep wrinkles in their faces.


07-05-2007, 11:33 AM

Hindu widows are shunned from society when their husbands die, not for religious reasons, but because of tradition -- and because they're seen as a financial drain on their families.

They cannot remarry. They must not wear jewelry. They are forced to shave their heads and typically wear white. Even their shadows are considered bad luck.

Yet another reason to wonder how humans became the dominant species. :shakeno:

07-05-2007, 11:50 AM
:err: Wow, thats strange.

07-07-2007, 03:50 PM
:err: Wow, thats strange.

and not as "usual" as the article wants you to believe..
In the time I spent there, I saw none of this... granted I was not in "Northern India", however, the Hindu families I came in contact with would have had no part of this.