Seventy and surviving

Print edition : September 02, 2016

An elderly widow prays on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi. The 2011 census found that 80 per cent of the women in the 70-plus age group were widows. Indian society's treatment of widows is perhaps unmatched in its unemotional cruelty. Abandonment of widows is common, but cases of open aggression are also prevalent. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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