At least 15 young Western women who joined Islamic State and married jihadi fighters are now widows after the militant group suffered losses in clashes in Syria and Iraq, according to researchers who closely monitor Islamist radicals online.
It turned out to be a different and memorable Friday for hundreds of widows in this temple town as their white attire was smeared in different hues when they, for the first time, played holi on the banks of the holy Ganga river.
Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple here has perhaps become the first in the country to appoint two widows from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities as priests to perform pujas and other rituals.
Widows from Vrindavan, who are here to visit religious places of the state, Thursday said they were hurt by Mathura MP Hema Malini's "outsider" remarks and urged her to withdraw the 'painful' comments.
Actor-politician Hema Malini on Thursday sought to defend her remarks that widows from West Bengal and Bihar should not crowd Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, saying she said this in the context of how they were being ignored in their home states and government not doing enough for them.
Actor-politician Hema Malini Thursday sought to defend her remarks that widows from West Bengal and Bihar should not crowd Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, saying she said this in the context of how they were being ignored in their home states and government not doing enough for them.
This `Rakshabandhan` festival will be special for hundreds of elderly widows of Varanasi as they plan to send 1,000 `rakhis` along with sweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made his parliamentary debut in May from this temple town.
On the eve of International Widows Day, several widows living in Vrindavan on Sunday voiced hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure that a Bill on protection of rights of such women is introduced in the Budget Session of Parliament, beginning next month.