New Delhi: Breaking another barrier, widows of Vrindavan took part in an Iftar party here in which members of the Balmiki community also participated.
Twenty-five widows of Vrindavan for the first time took part in the Iftar party here last evening which was attended by nearly 150 people from nearby Hermathala village of Mewat district.
The rozadars broke their fast with the Iftar staple 'khajoor' or dates served by the widows. This was followed by a scrumptious meal consisting of various kinds of pakoras, fruits and kheer besides sherbat.
The Iftar was organised at the Sulabh International headquarters here with an aim to bring the widows into the mainstream of Indian culture.
"Widows taking part and organising an Iftar for our Muslim brothers and sisters, I think this is the first time such a thing has happened in India. And even the people from Balmiki community for the first time participated in such an event," said Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of NGO Sulabh International.
"We have Muslim girls working for us here, they all keep 'Roza', so one of the girls asked for permission to break her fast by doing Iftar. I told her what is there to ask permission for? I told her let Sulabh organise it for you people," said Pathak.
"Our moto at Sulabh is 'Sulabh Sukhat Sansar' and that will happen when we all live together in peace and harmony. So that is why we organised this Iftar," he said.