Hundreds of widows who have been abandoned by their families live in the shelter, or ashram, run by the NGO Sulabh International.
In India, when a man dies, traditionally his widow is expected to renounce all earthly pleasures, such as wearing colourful clothes or looking attractive, and she can face severe social discrimination.
Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation has been working towards improving the conditions of 1,780-odd widows living in government shelters at Vrindavan by providing education, health care , vocational training and stipends.
Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day.
— Photos and Text by Agencies