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Breaking Taboos: Catwalk of Hindu Widows

This is the first time these widows participated in“Catwalk” during fashion show. They wear colourful sarees, did makeup, facial, use perfumes and lipstick. The event was organised by Sulabh International in New Delhi which has been striving to bring back these widows to the mainstream.

Orthodox Hinduism demands that women renounce earthly pleasures after the death of their husbands and live out their days in worship. These women often are ostracised by the society and considered cursed. Widows are expected to dress only in white and to stay away from the colours. They give up colour, make-up, perfume and jewellery. Abandoned by their families, these destitute women gathered in Vrindavan city from all over the country.

Known as ‘miras’ of Lord Krishna, they spend most of their time in ashram’s doing daily chores and singing hymns.

This is the first time these widows participated in“Catwalk” during the fashion show. They wear colourful sarees, did makeup, facial, use perfumes and lipstick. The event was organised by Sulabh International in New Delhi which has been striving to bring back these widows to the mainstream.

 Nearly 400 widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi as well as Deoli Brahmgram near Kedarnath, also known as the “Village of Widows” after the floods in Uttarakhand, took part in the fashion show.

Photo Essay by Vijay Pandey

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Elderly Hindu widow smiles after applying the lipstick backstage during the fashion show

Cat walk

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Widows walk on the ramp in Fashion Show along with model

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Vrindavan widows get their makeup done backstage to take part in a fashion show

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