So called “Untouchable Women” tie Rakhi to Vrindavan pundits, Breaking “Caste Barriers”.
Breaking the old traditions, hundreds of widows of Vrindavan and scavenger women considered “untouchables” tied Rakhi to 50 upper caste pundits and Sanskrit scholars at the century old Gopinath Temple.
This initiative was taken by Sulabh International’s mentor Dr Bindeshwar Pathak who is campaigning for social equality for four decades. After actively participating in Holi and Diwali in the past, the widows and manual scavenger women this time created history by tying ‘Rakhi’ to holy men in this temple city.
Often being treated as inauspicious, shared food with upper caste sadhus and Brahmins, they were barred from wearing coloured sarees and ornaments and eating garlic, onion and non-vegetarian food.
A collection of 2,000 colourful Rakhis and sweets will also be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the widows who have expressed a strong desire to meet him and urge him to ensure their all round welfare.
Having faced humiliation and insult for years because of the nature of their work, the day was indeed memorable for the widows who used to faced humiliation and insult from their family members after the death of their husband.