She said this after discovering poor living conditions in a shelter home in Vrindavan. She also said that she would speak to Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee about it.
Around 2000 widows are reported to be living in the city in half-a dozen ashrams, few of which are run by Sulabh international.
While the cine star turned politician has found support among the local people here, she has drwan the ires of media and others in the political circuit.
Jagan Nath Poddar, convener of Friends of Vrindavan said,"Hema Malini has echoed the local sentiment by raising the issue and asking state governments in Bihar and West Bengal to provide facilities for them in their respective states."
Malini is also said to have retorted that these women crowd the place and beg, despite the fact that they have "good money, property and shelter" back in their home town.