“In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their social assimilation, we have organised several events,” said Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International which has organised the event in a government-run widow home.
Vrindavan is also known as the City of Widows for the sheer number of women who find shelter here after being shunned by their families.
The event, the orgainsers hope, will bring about some change in the mindset. But it will not be easy. “The widows will not use colours but only flowers,” said Pathak.
Sulabh is not only providing stipend to the women in five government-run shelters but is also giving them vocational training and basic education to lead a dignified life instead of begging on the streets.