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epa03610134 (16/17) An Indian widow poses for a photo in an ashram or shelter for widows in Vrindavan, northern India, 24 February 2013. Widows in India are considered highly inauspicious according to Hindu tradition and are often ostracized by society. For years, many have been living in poverty at the holy town of Vrindavan, also known as the ‘city of widows’. At the behest of the Supreme Court, Indian NGO Sulabh International is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in government shelter homes here. The new welfare program includes education, healthcare and vocational skills training. EPA/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE PLEASE SEE ADVISORY NOTICE (epa03610118) FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT

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