"In India, when a man dies, traditionally his widow is expected to renounce all earthly pleasures, such as wearing colourful clothes or looking attractive, and she can face severe social discrimination. ... Hundreds of widows who have been abandoned by their families live in the shelter, or ashram. ... Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day."
Monday, March 11, 2013
Some images from Reuters slideshow Widow Refuge. Photos were taken at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in northern Indian on March 6, 2013.