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The City of Widows - 9 Mar 2013
The Meera Sahavagini ashram run by the NGO Sulabh International in the Uttar Pradesh provides shelter for hundreds of Indian widows. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women’s Day.
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March 08, 2013
Widows gather to sing religious songs at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
Vrindavan, India
Widows gather to sing religious songs at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
Widows gather to sing religious songs at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow poses for a picture inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow poses for a picture inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow poses for a picture inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow poses for a picture inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow sits inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow sits inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow poses for a picture outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow poses for a picture outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of...
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A widow poses for a picture outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram at the pilgrimage town of...
A widow poses for a picture outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town...
Vrindavan, India
A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow writes on a slate as she attends a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow displays Bengali alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram...
Vrindavan, India
A widow displays Bengali alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram...
A widow displays Bengali alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow displays Hindi alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram...
Vrindavan, India
A widow displays Hindi alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram...
A widow displays Hindi alphabets on a slate that she learnt in a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow walks inside the compound of the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
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A widow walks inside the compound of the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow walks inside the compound of the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow carries a bucket as she walks towards a hand pump to fetch drinking water at the Meera Sahavagini...
Vrindavan, India
A widow carries a bucket as she walks towards a hand pump to fetch drinking water at the Meera Sahavagini...
A widow carries a bucket as she walks towards a hand pump to fetch drinking water at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows stand outside their rooms at the Meera Sahavagini ashram at the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows stand outside their rooms at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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Widows prepare food inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
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Widows prepare food inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram at the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
Widows prepare food inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow sits inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the...
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A widow sits inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram
A widow sits inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows eat inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the...
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Widows eat inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows eat inside their room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow walks inside the compound of the Meera Sahavagini ashram at the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
A widow walks inside the compound of the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow washes a plate at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern...
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A widow washes a plate at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
A widow washes a plate at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow prepares food outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows walk inside the compound at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows walk inside the compound at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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A widow prepares her bed at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern...
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A widow prepares her bed at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
A widow prepares her bed at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow poses at the entrance of a staircase at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of...
A widow poses at the entrance of a staircase at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows with their sewing machines attend a training class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
Widows with their sewing machines attend a training class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow holds a slate as she arrives to attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
A widow holds a slate as she arrives to attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow makes religious beads during a training class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
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A widow makes religious beads during a training class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
A widow makes religious beads during a training class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA)
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Widows attend a class to make incense sticks at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of...
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Widows attend a class to make incense sticks at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of...
Widows attend a class to make incense sticks at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
Widows attend a class at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow reads an English alphabet book inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
Vrindavan, India
A widow reads an English alphabet book inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage...
A widow reads an English alphabet book inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow prepares food outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
Vrindavan, India
A widow prepares food outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
A widow prepares food outside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow prays inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the...
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A widow prays inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan
A widow prays inside her room at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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A widow walks through a street outside the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
Vrindavan, India
A widow walks through a street outside the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan...
A widow walks through a street outside the Meera Sahavagini ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 6, 2013. 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 works to provide abandoned widows with education, healthcare and vocational skills. Issues surrounding the treatment of women are receiving special attention on March 8, which marks International Women's Day. Picture taken March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION)

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