Living a normal life suddenly became taboo.
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The simple act of one man — in this case the district magistrate — has helped overcome years of superstition in a district in Bihar. When a widowed woman was sacked from her job as a cook in the local...
There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.