Hands That Make Lamps Can’t Light Them

In today’s video Community Correspondent Sunita Kasera goes behind the rituals and traditions of Rajasthan’s Gangaur festival and finds yet another example of widows being segregated in society. On the auspicious day of Gangaur, married women light clay lamps to propitiate the Gods and pray for the well being of their husbands. The irony lies in the fact that the lamps are made in the hands of widows who are forbidden to light them. Sunita unearths the simple cruelties perpetuated on one of the most vulnerable groups in society in the name of tradition.

 

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