New Delhi, June 24: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called for a change in mindset towards widows and asked, “If a man can remarry, why can’t a woman?” Speaking the celebration of International Widows Day, he said, “Some of the major problems faced by widows include social restriction, widow remarriages & denial of inherent rights. If a man, who becomes a widower, can remarry, what’s the problem in a woman getting remarried, after her husband’s demise?” Also Read - To Prevent African Swine Fever, China Bans Pork Imports From India: Report
He further said that there is a need for a change of mindset and for that you need a powerful social movement to educate the people and bring a change in the mindset. Also Read - After Trump's Offer to Mediate, UN Urges China, India to 'Avoid Any Action That Increases Tension at LAC'
He also asked the government to focus on providing livelihood skills to widows and facilitate the education of their children to empower them and end the “life-shattering emptiness and void” faced by millions of such women.
“Two things are important including societal change of mindset and adopting this social cause as a mission for the uplifting condition of widows,” Naidu said at an International Widows Day organised by Loomba Foundation.
On the occasion, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said his ministry will take “decisive intervention in favour of the rights of the widows,” referring to a case concerning the welfare of widows being heard by the Supreme Court.
The minister also favoured empowering the widows through digital literacy initiatives and asserted that their welfare cannot be ensured unless it is taken up as a movement.
Loomba Foundation president Cherie Blair said that justice for widows is yet not achieved and appealed the society to stand with them.
The Loomba Foundation’s founder chairman Raj Loomba demanded the Government of India to consider setting up a national commission for widows besides giving preferential treatment to them in employment opportunities.
(With agency inputs)