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Indian widows celebrate the International Widows Day...epa04815366 Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak (C), as they participate in an event to mark the International Widows' Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, 23 June 2015. Widows from shelter homes in Mathura and Vrindavan gathered to celebrate International Widows' Day that was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. The event was organized by Indian NGO Sulabh International that is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in shelter homes.  EPA/HARISH TYAGI

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Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International. They participate in an event to mark the International Widows’ Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Widows from shelter homes gathered to celebrate International Widows’ Day which was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. 

Indian widows sit on stairs leading to a temple

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Indian women sit on steps leading to a temple during the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan­, in Varanasi, India, on Tuesday. The festival celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters