An image of hope !
  • An image of hope !

The theme of my module 2 assignment - 'Widows of India : A Tale Of Double Misfortunes', inspired me to do a multimedia story on them.

In India, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas. Their social isolation, accusation of being 'responsible' for their husbands' death and violence experienced by them has attracted little attention worldwide. Reading about their plight definitely saddened me, but I decided not to stop there. I wanted to show the world how a widow of rural India is expected to renounce all the earthly pleasures and accept a life of penance and misery.

Therefore, my multimedia story is an attempt to create awareness and raise consciousness about their plight, who the society has forgotten. I hope my film is watched and listened to by people everywhere, and helps to change the lives of all the widows.

The photo attached here is of a 65-year-old strong, independent and empowered widow. I met her while doing my story and found out that after her husband's death, she decided to take over his small shop of artifacts and run it herself. Though she is fortunate to be able to do that, not all widows share her fate.

Find out how the widows of a "secret" town survive and lead their lives, in my short story : Lost in 'secret Vrindavan'.

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This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future 2013 Assignments: Multimedia.


So sad story, Mukut! These women are like orphans, without families, without homes. I agree with you that we, women, should keep together and help each other, especially in such difficult situations.

A very touching story! Hugs, Iryna

Dearest Mukut, I cannot but agree with you that anyone and everyone who contributes to the stigmatization of widows should wallow in shame. The situation of the widows is really very pathetic and I hope that decision makers in your country and beyond will see reason and rise up to the task of turning around their lots for the best. These women deserve the best. By the way, I think it is high time a search high is cast over the life of widowers. How come they don't suffer the same fate?

I hope that the plight of the widows which you have beamed will stir good their way. Well done my sister and friend.

Best Wishes, Greengirl

Thank you dearest Greengirl for your message. I have shared my video with an organization that works closely with widows, especially of Vrindavan. I hope something concrete is done to improve their condition. Otherwise these women will continue to live in shame.

Thanks my lovely sister for watching and for your feedback.


Mukut Ray

Thank you Mukut for being the voice of the widows.

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It is absolutely wonderful to receive your feedback Nusrat. I truly admire your writings and the work that you do. Thank you so much :)


Mukut Ray

This is a wonderful piece. So touching at the same time, it is so uplifting to have recognized these women and allow them to be voice of their own by having captured them in pictures and being voice for them as well. So powerful dear. Keep updating! Best, Hugs, Jampa

Dear Mukut,

You have done a great work!

The background music you have chosen suits the video. Most importantly, the photos provoke so many emotions! I also love your call to action and the subtitles. You're right- we should be ashamed of creating a society as unjust as this.

I cannot imagine remarriage and losing a spouse being such taboo issues in a country like India that seems so modern at least on-screen! This needs to stop because we are truly in love with the on-screen glamour and we want a society that has the same glitz as movies. Together we can end this.

Sharing this video in my network.

Warmly, Monica

Thank you Monica. Am glad you liked the background score as well as the photographs. I think my photography skills have improved after this module :). Thank you so much for your kind comments.


Mukut Ray

Dear Mukut,

I've followed your stories about widows in India and felt them really close to my heart. Ten days ago I was in my home town in Patagonia, and telling one of my dearest friends about your posts. She could barely believe what she was listening. Outraging, heart-breaking, sad... So, as you can see, you've been a voice that has travelled so far away already... waking up some dormant consciences. I'm sure you'll keep on being that travelling voice of awareness and care.

Thank you so much!


Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

San I feel blessed and humbled. Thank you for sharing my stories with your friend. I feel glad that she could somewhere connect with them. Please convey my regards to your friend and a big, warm hug to you.

I love the fact that through World Pulse and our stories, we are together, even if we are miles apart.

Accept my deep gratitude, my dear friend.


Mukut Ray