Heard and read a lot about the plight of widows. This pained my heart a lot. Don’t know why people’s hearts don’t break seeing the honor of their home being harassed like this? Can’t a widow be maintained in the family? Does living in his house change anything there? Some widows go to places of pilgrimage fed up with the atrocities of their relatives and some are sent forcefully. There, dependent on food and drink, deprived of all health facilities, they spend their lives in dark and suffocating rooms. These widows are living by begging at some places. It is a matter of great shame for the civilized society that a part of it is living in such misery and it is sleeping silently and closing its eyes towards this injustice.
The culture of our India does not give such rites to leave our loved one helpless in this way, be it mother, daughter-in-law, daughter or sister, forcing her to lead such a life is also a crime. . The situation is such that due to superstitions, his presence in any auspicious work is considered inauspicious.
Widow can also be remarried. Widow remarriage used to happen even in ancient times. I am not talking about aged widow. It may be that at that stage of age when his children grow up and get settled in life, he may not want to remarry, but our scriptures allow the remarriage of a young widow.
It is worth considering that a man can remarry at any age, so why not a woman? She is prevented from remarrying by making her feel responsible for the family or by showing fear of the society, while she too has an equal right to think about her life.
In a mantra of Atharvaveda, 1813, it is said that I took the widowed girl from among the living dead, that is, from the cremation ground, she was moved by the gloom of sorrow due to the death of her husband, so she was removed from her former wife and given a second wife. have been received. This mantra is telling us that the widow was remarried. In other mantras 9/5/27-28 of Atharvaveda itself, it has been said that when a woman gets a second husband again after the death of the first husband, then the second husband will reside in the same household with the woman who becomes the wife again. It happens that means both run their household as husband and wife. Evidence of remarriage to brother-in-law after husband’s death is also found in Rigveda 10/40/2 and Nirukta 3/144. This evidence of the Vedas proves that in the Vedas, widow marriage was not considered a great sin, but remarriage was allowed. Thus the widow was allowed to lead her life with full rights. They were not forced to stay away from home and suffer tortures. By the way, the law gives equal rights to the widow and her children in the wealth and property of the in-laws. She has full rights over her husband’s house, business or pension and all savings. Today, in the progressive era of the twenty-first century, by breaking such stereotypes, it is necessary to rehabilitate these widows who are helpless to bear the unbearable tortures and give them due respect. The most important thing is to educate women so that they can know about their rights and they can get rid of this ignorance and they can break these blind stereotypes and make their place in the society.