The district government will do a survey of the widows in Vrindavan and Radhakund in order to follow an order given by the Indian Supreme Court and Human Rights Commission. has given the order that the way of life of the Bengali widows in Vrindavan should be investigated. Taking the order seriously, they have decided to look into the situation at Radha Kund also, where they are supposedly even more neglected. In Vrindavan there are several women’s shelters run by NGOs and the state government (Mira Sahabhagini), which are absent in Radha Kund.
Volunteer organizations there do not have a strong income base and are not in a position to do very much for them. District officers are aware that many of these widows beg by the Parikrama Marg, whereas in Vrindavan they at least seem to have somewhere to stay. There are also a fair number of widows in Govardhan. The ADM Avadhesh Tiwari and some other district officers were in Vrindavan recently to inspect the programs for widows. The UP government has budgeted for 320 widows to stay at the Mira Ashram. Mr. Tiwari said that the survey was meant to get a proper idea of the situation on the ground.