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Supreme Court fines 11 states for not taking steps to rehabilitate abandoned widows

The apex court had earlier reproached the Centre for not taking enough measures for improving the condition of widows in the country. Photograph: (DNA)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 10.21 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on 11 states for not taking enough steps for welfare and rehabilitation of abandoned widows.

The fine has been imposed on Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Mizoram, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Arunachal Pradesh.

The apex court had earlier reproached the Centre for not taking enough measures for improving the condition of widows in the country. 

It had also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for not adhering to the court's directives mentioned for the betterment of destitute widows. 

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to call a meeting and consider suggestions that were put forward by the National Commission for Women.

It also said that the meeting formulates policies for improving the condition of widows in the country. 

A petition was filed in 2007 that highlighted the pathetic condition of widows in welfare homes at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

The widows in Vrindavan have been abandoned by their families and are living in poor conditions without basic amenities. 

 

 

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