Why must widows lead a life of ostracisation?

It’s been close to 13 years since Ashpati Devi has lost her husband but nobody would let her move on. She is barred from attending festivities and is blamed for her husband’s death to date. She is unwelcome in community spaces so much so that “people don’t want to see my face or talk to me,” she says. 
 
Like Ashpati, widows across the board are forced to live a life of isolation, whereas widowers face no such discrimination. She wishes that this practice is put to an end, so at the least, her very presence doesn’t upset others. 
 
COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT MADHURI CHAUHAN FROM RAJASTHAN REPORTS FOR VIDEO VOLUNTEERS.  THIS SERIES DOCUMENTING EVERYDAY PATRIARCHY IS SUPPORTED BY UNFPA

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