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Hindus Sages Share Food with Widows to Break Institutionalized Oppression against Them

Hindus Sages in Varanasi took a step to break institutionalized oppression against widows by eating and sharing food with them. Hindu seers and Sanskrit scholars shared a meal with more than 100 widows in Varanasi, who are often considered ill omen and untouchables by a section of Hindu society who are ignorant of the true teachings of Sanatana Dharma.
Deccanherald writes 
Widows from different parts of the country who are living in different ashrams in Varanasi broke traditions, with prominent Sanskrit scholars and saints at a function held at Kashi Vidyapeeth in the holy city. 
The function was organised by Sulabh International, a non-government organisation (NGO) active in the field of sanitation. 
“It was an exercise to create awareness against the practice of widowhood in the country. Such programmes will help end this treatment,” said Sulabh International founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, who sought support of the Hindu seers, saints and Sanskrit pundits to oppose widowhood. The seers and scholars also hailed the efforts to allow the widows to lead a normal life. “Such programmes will go a long way in sensitising people towards the plight of widows,” they said.