Our first story in India took us to Vrindavan, a sacred Hindu city in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh where according to Hinduism, Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. But Vrindavan is also known as the “city of widows” because of the large number of widows who move into the town and surrounding area after losing their husbands.

Considered inauspicious, widows in India have been kept from remarrying and enjoying their life for centuries. Abandoned by their families, thousands are forced to leave their homes and move to India’s holy cities.

But with the help of human rights organisations, the widows are reclaiming their rights and taking back Indian traditions like the Diwali festival with a colorful celebration full of light and hope. See for yourself: 

This story was commissioned by Pear Video (http://www.pearvideo.com/).