India’s illiterate widows, with no spouses to speak for them, are perceived as inhuman. Many are cast out of rural homes by in-laws who either no longer wish to support them or see their presence as bad omens. Stripped of all dignity, many see no choice but to head for the holy city of Vrindavan, dubbed “The City of Widows.”. Once there, they spend their waning days chanting for pennies and living in squalor. . If such a scenario seems improbable in 21st century India, think again.