Thursday was a special day for the elderly widows of Vrindavan when they observed International Widows’ Day by participating in plantation drives.
The widows living in the widows’ ashram in Vrindavan planted many saplings in Krishna Kutir Mahila Sadan on Thursday afternoon to mark the International Widows’ Day. In the light of the 75th year of India’s Independence 75 saplings were planted by them on Thursday.
Sulabh International took the initiative to observe International Widows’ Day for the widows living in Maa Sharda Ashram and Krishna Kutir in Vrindavan.
Chhavi Dasi, one of the widows, said it was the first time they planted saplings to mark this day and this showed their resolve towards nature.
Sulabh International has been taking care of hundreds of widows living in various ashrams in Vrindavan and Varanasi since 2012. Under the initiative of Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, widows take part in festivals like Holi, Diwali and other rituals whereas earlier they were not allowed to take part in festivals and auspicious functions.