SC direction bringing change to life of Vrindavan widows

After the order of Supreme Court  an NGO Sulabh International is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in government shelter homes at Vrindavan.

A bench comprising Justices DK Jain and Madan B Lokur had taken strong exception to the manner in which the bodies of widows were disposed by chopping them into pieces and putting them in gunny bags due to lack of money for proper cremation.

The court had expressed serious concern over lack of provision of food as well.

The apex court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to at least ensure that proper last rites were performed to ‘Vrindavan widows’ as per their religion.

The Bench also gave directions for providing Vrindavan widows immediate relief, including supply of proper food, mandatory visits by a team of doctors from the Mathura civil hospital twice a week and ensuring basic sanitation in the shelter homes.

It also wanted the Centre to play a proactive role in the matter.

The Bench suggested that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) and NGO Sulabh International be contacted to find out whether they could come forward to help the 1,790-odd widows living in deplorable conditions in the four government shelters at Vrindavan.

The court had asked the NALSA (National Legal Service Authority) to contact the Sulabh International to find out whether they could come forward to help the widows living in four government shelters at Vrindavan.

The Apex Court bench reposed trust on Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh movement, and asked him to look into the cause of old ailing widows at Vrindavan.

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