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​Hindu widows and the prohibited colour

Five hundred of them demonstrated on the streets of Lalitpur against a traditional practice of their religion which has discriminated against them for centuries. According to a Hindu custom, widowed women are obliged to wear mourning for the rest of their days, they must eliminate from their wardrobes all clothing that is red and are forced to dress only in white. This effectively leads to discrimination and marginalization from every social or work activity. The slogan of the protesters was: “Widowed women’s respect, decked in red”.

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