Varanasi seminar to mull over condition of widows
Lucknow: Hindu seers and Sanskrit scholars are set to gather in Varanasi on Monday to oppose the treatment meted out to widows and seek ways in which the plight of such women can be improved.
At a seminar organised by NGO Sulabh International, the scholars and seers would dwell on ways in which the plight of the widows of Varanasi could be improved. Sulabh International recently launched a pension and medical welfare scheme for 150 widows of Varanasi.
"A large number of widows from different parts of the country, who are spending their last days at Varanasi, are eagerly waiting to join these Sanskrit scholars and Hindu seers to talk of their feelings," said Madan Jha, media advisor of the group, who spoke of the traditional practices force widows to live out their lives as if unwanted by society.
We will urge the eminent Sanskrit scholars to lend us a helping hand in strengthening our campaign against the practices that widows are forced to follow," Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak told IANS, adding that he held the firm view that the government must enact a law for the welfare, protection and maintenance of widows, which would see that their living conditions are improved.
Among the scholars set to arrive in Varanasi for the seminar are Ramesh Kumar Pandey of the Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi, Sripati Tripathi, professor of Dharmshastra, Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Kameshwar Upadhay, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyawat Parisad, Anand Murti, sociologist, and Raviprakash Pandey of the Kashi Vidyapeet.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Over 60 cadets killed in Pakistan police academy attack
- DNA: Exclusive report on the extreme sacrifices made by ITBP soldiers
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi's ''progressive'' remark on triple talaq
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Panel discussion over delayed development in Ayodhya
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- This is why Cyrus Mistry was removed as Chairman of Tata Sons!
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- Read letters by Ratan Tata to PM Narendra Modi and Group employees after Cyrus Mistry's ouster
- Prompt action on border pushes Pak to offer olive branch, says both sides need to 'formalise' 2003 ceasefire