Social Justice: Widows’ Perspectives


Abstract: Widows in the state of Maharashtra have been very supportive of each other and are very independent individuals. In this paper 20 widows from Mumbai are interviewed and an attempt is made to define social justice from the perspective of widows. 'Social Justice' meaning and definition from the views of society at large is laid down, it is time to redefine Social Justice from the perspective of the widows, for the widows and their partly orphaned children. The widows interviewed, bring up their children singlehandedly and fend for their children. In the city 'Mumbai' which is the commercial capital of Maharashtra, these silent sufferers called 'widows' struggle to make ends meet. Irrespective of the strata of society the widows belong, they are subjected to the same torment by their family and people in their society. The law in the constitution states that the rights of widows and her children must be protected. Despite several attempts by various organisations to safeguard the right of the widows to live with dignity there are several women who seek help from the law makers and are refused help. This is a study spanned over 6 years, of the widows and their struggle with daily life. The study highlights the method employed by the widows to sustain and take care of their family. Their children are interviewed. The feelings of young children towards life, religion and society are documented.

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Poornima Sajive Nair, Symbiosis Institute of Design, India

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Conference: ACSS2016
Stream: Sociology

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