:Widows living in various shelter homes on Sunday said they wanted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to persuade him to push the Widow Protection Bill in the budget session of Parliament beginning next month.

On the eve of World Widow Day, 90-year-old Manu Ghosh from West Bengal, who has been living in this temple town for the last several decades, hoped Modi will look into their plight.

“We will approach Modi ji and our new MP from Mathura Hema Malini to take steps for the welfare of widows living in Vrindavan and Varanasi,” she said.

Vrindavan is home to thousands of widows from West Bengal. Their condition used to be pitiable till the Supreme Court intervened and NGO Sulabh International took up the challenge to ameliorate their plight. The lives of around a thousand widows have remarkably improved with the intervention of court.

Sulabh takes care of all such widows living in six government-run ashrams.

Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak recently drafted a bill for the protection of widows in the country, and hopes Mr. Modi will pay attention to the widows’ plight.