In a noble initiative organised by an NGO, these women got a chance to share their sweet or bitter experiences at 'The Condition of Widows' seminar.
The widows visited the temple town, took a dip at the Ganges and prayed at the Kasi Vishwanath temple and also visited the Nepali and Birla ashrams.
Being the most neglected section of the society, over 1500 widows in various ashrams of Varanasi and Vrindavan were adopted by Sulabh International, helping them be a part of India festivities like Holi, Diwali which were prohibited for them. The founder of the NGO Bindeshwar Pathak said that the drive was an effort to give them the joy of life, which they have been denied since their widowhood.
Ironically, many of these widows were widowed at a very tender age and have been sent to these ashrams by their families.