SC notice to Centre, UP govt; improve living conditions of widows

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh Government on a petition seeking directions to the state government to take immediate steps for improving the pitiable condition of widows living in Vrindavan near Mathura.

Counsel for the petitioner told a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal that the widows were being paid only Rs 3 for singing bhajans in the temples in Vrindavan and were living under inhuman conditions. The petitioner, Environment and Consumer Protection Foundation also alleged that neither the Central Government nor the local administration under the control of the state government were doing anything for the helpless and unfortunate widows who shifted to this city of Lord Krishna in the hope that they would get some solace. Instead, their condition had worsened and they were subjected to exploitation and finding it difficult to get a meal even two times in a day.

The court, after hearing the arguments, notified the Centre and the state government, asking them to explain the steps being taken to improve the lot of the widows, some of whom were very old.


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