It is heartening to learn that Sulabh International has taken up the task of distributing free dinner to the Vrindavan widows living in government-run shelter homes and making facilities for their dignified cremation. At the same time, it is painful to note that the Uttar Pradesh government did not do much for these unfortunate women till the Supreme Court came to their rescue.
It is pertinent to mention in this context that there are quite a number of temples in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh where poor feeding takes place everyday on a large scale.
Bindeshwar Pathak created history decades ago when he launched the concept of community latrines. He has now taken up the challenge of taking care of Varanasi widows who have been in the news for their horrible living conditions. We wish Mr. Pathak all luck in fulfilling his mission.
K. Nehru Patnaik,
Reports in The Hindu on the plight of the abandoned and destitute Vrindavan widows have brought them the dignity they desire and deserve. Sulabh International deserves praise for making a good beginning.
Words cannot comfort the poor victims of social apathy but a meal in the night and assurance of a dignified cremation after death will certainly bring some solace to their hearts and peace to their souls.