When a woman loses her husband, she is often left alone to fight the world and make a living for herself and her family. The situation is not so dire if her children are grown up and have the decency to support their mother. But here's the tragic truth- there are way too many families where the children leave their mothers behind, even in such desperate times. These women are forced to move to old-age homes and widow shelters because they literally have no one left in the world who will care for them.
The truth hurts and pricks when thought about, but the depth of the situation becomes more vivid and apparent when seen in pictures, and even better if seen in front of our very eyes. And so, to raise awareness about this saddening truth of our society, we bring to you these pictures which are bound to evoke some deep emotions. Check it out!
Courtesy: Nat Geo
It is a home for widows, who have been left behind and have no other place to go.
However, younger widows are often excused from this bind of culture.
This picture was taken in a widow's home in Varanasi, a city in India known for its spirituality.
These programs try to set up homes for widows and keep them shielded from the nasty world outside.
However, aid groups are fighting these practices and trying to include widows in the celebrations too.
Some young widows are even forced to work as sex workers so that they can support their families.
The cultural restraints on the widows of India make their lives even tougher.
It was taken on the 20th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men. The sadness of the widows is evident from their faces.
And they have all come together to support each other ever since.
Here, we can see them taking a break from work and chilling out.