AP10ThingsToSee - An elderly Indian widow performs mourning rituals at the non-governmental organization Sulabh International in Varanasi, India on Monday, May 27, 2013. In India, being

 

              AP10ThingsToSee - An elderly Indian widow performs mourning rituals at the non-governmental organization Sulabh International in Varanasi, India on Monday, May 27, 2013. In India, being
AP10ThingsToSee - An elderly Indian widow performs mourning rituals at the non-governmental organization Sulabh International in Varanasi, India on Monday, May 27, 2013. In India, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas. When her husband dies, the widow often becomes a pariah, excluded from family gatherings for fear the mere fall of her shadow will bring bad luck and tragedy. In the North, many journey to the holy cities of Vrindavan and Varanasi, where they beg, and are paid a pittance to recite prayers in the temple as they wait for the end. The NGO Sulabh International takes care of the welfare, protection, maintenance and education of widows so that their living conditions improve. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)