The Forgotten Widows Of Uttar Pradesh

Losing a husband forces many women into a life of begging and destitution, and despite India’s development little is being done to change things. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Ghanshyam from Bahraich reports on story of the abused and abandoned widows in U.P. There are 5 old widows in Tudoli village, Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh for whom everyday life is a struggle. Many of these would be eased if they get the benefit of the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension scheme to which they are entitled. “I had submitted an application to the Village Head for which he charged us 100 rupees but he has been ignoring my plea now” says one widow from Tudoli village. Barely able to walk, Shivypari says “I have been using the same clothing that the government had provided me 10 years ago”. Call to Action: You can help by calling Social Welfare Officer, Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh on 05252-232647 and pressurize him to get an Anganwadi building contructed. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.
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