About the Widows’ Care Program
Many widows in India face extreme poverty, discrimination and inhumane treatment. When her husband dies, a widow loses all social status and her in-laws often withdraw any support from her. The widow’s children too are isolated, often in unhealthy conditions. Some are sexually or physically abused, and without any inheritance rights to property.
Often the most marginalised people in Hindu society are the widows from villages and slums. In Indian society, much status is linked to marriage, so the death of a husband and the marginalisation of the mother means that there is no provider for the family. A mother’s children, home and belongings can be taken by her in-laws who may even blame her for their son’s death. It is not uncommon for a family to be beaten regularly by their own relatives. Considered cursed, employment is difficult to find and children suffer severe deprivation. For a mother, her only remaining comfort in life is her children, keeping them together and supporting them in the community.
Our Widows’ Scheme is a life-saver for women in this situation. For £18 per month we send a child to school, give access to a doctor and essential medicines. If necessary, we pay rent for basic accommodation when a family faces homelessness. £18 also buys a large sack of rice for the family to help alleviate the cost of food.