Sumitra Naiyya who was born and raised in a big family of 12 siblings in the state of Bengal lived in poverty throughout her life. She was married at the age of 17 to a 20-year-old Nav Kumar.
Her husband worked as a farm labourer and earned very little to make ends meet. Being unskilled and uneducated didn’t help. He often took out his frustrations on Sumitra.
He was an aggressive man and very violent towards Sumitra. On daily basis he used to beat her up, abuse her, and harass her. She never got the love and support she wanted that she had hoped she would get after marriage.
She was only 35 when her husband passed away. After her husband’s sudden demise, she came to her maternal family. Her mother had already passed away by then but her father supported her.
After her father’s death due to old age, her brother and sister-in-law didn’t treat her well. Day after day she was reminded that she was a huge financial burden on them.
In her seventies, she decided to come to Vrindavan for good and devout the rest of her days in temples. There she was in Vrindavan homeless, vulnerable, old and fragile.
Thankfully, Maitri has been working in Vrindavan since 2010 to uplift the living conditions of widows of Vrindavan. Maitri provides safety net for these vulnerable elderly and destitute widows.
Sumitra came in touch with Maitri and is now a resident of Maitri’s Old Age Home. She lives in a clean, spacious and well furnished home with her own bed and closet. She is no longer a homeless. She can now live with identity, dignity and respect.
“Yes, now I have the love and support that I didn’t get from my marriage or my own relatives”, says Sumitra.
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