Widows of Vrindavan’s tryst with Paris
It was an unbelievable moment for two old aged widows from Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh when they visited France to participate in an International festival.
Apart from attending the world conference, it was another moment of joy when they posed for photographs in front of Eifel tower in Paris, a photo shoot to remember for the lifetime. Virtually, history was created when two widows were invited to take part in Europe’s biggest exhibition of photographs.
93-year-old Manu Ghosh and 70-year-old Gaurvani Sheel living in Meerasahabhagini ashram in Vrindavan spent a week in a small city of Montier-en-der and participated in various conferences and lectures with well known social reformer and founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.
On her return to India, Manu Ghosh said that this trip was not just a foreign trip for us, it’s a kind of attaining due respect at International platform. I got chance to represent thousands of Widows of Vrindavan and Varanasi at the International festival, says Manu Ghosh
After organizing Holi and Dipawali, I have arranged this foreign trip to give a sense that these Widows are not neglected anymore, says Dr. Pathak.
Sulabh NGO, known the world over for promoting the concept of low-cost sanitation, started taking a keen interest in the welfare of widows after the Supreme Court’s intervention a few years ago. Every widow is given Rs 2,000 per month by the NGO which takes care of their health and other needs and takes measures.
The NGO has provided the government-run shelters in Vrindavan with five well-equipped ambulances along with medical equipment for providing timely and adequate medical attention for their treatment.
NGO Sulabh also organizes religious and cultural festivals for widows and takes them out to participate in Durga Puja festival in West Bengal, or on a trip to tourist spots in Delhi, besides regularly organizing Dipawali and Holi festivals for them.
Sulabh has been playing a leading role in adding mirth to the lives of the widows by organizing other functions for them from time to time.