Widows and singles protest outside their local politician’s offices to campaign for pension rights. Most of these women have to survive on zero income and have to live off handouts and food from family members once they are widowed. Many women in the Dalit communities are also illiterate, so they cannot fill in forms.
Local authorities often decline to give out any pensions to them, even though they are instructed to by the Indian government. Some authorities were giving $5 per month for widows’ pensions. After the campaigning – encouraged and activated by the JBKS – the pensions were activated or increased to $15 per month. The JBKS also helps the women to complete the forms for pension entitlements.