10.07.136:35 PM ET

Indian Widows 'Treated as Untouchables'

Many are kicked out of their homes.

In India, widowed women find themselves with few financial or social options and are forced into a life of isolation. In two towns, Radhakund and Vrindavan, 15,000 widows, many driven from their homes by family, are given shelter by a Delhi-based nonprofit called Maitri. Next year, activists hope to take a bill to Parliament making it illegal for widows to be evicted from their homes by their parents or husband's parents. It would also provide a pension for abandoned widows, who are "treated as untouchables" in the country.