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In a shelter in Vrindavan, known as a "city of widows," Lalita (at right) bears the cropped hair and white wrap of her culture once considered obligatory for widowhood. Shelter manager Ranjana, a much younger widow, is less constrained by traditional customs. Image by Amy Toensing. India, 2013.

In a shelter in Vrindavan, known as a "city of widows," Lalita (at right) bears the cropped hair and white wrap of her culture once considered obligatory for widowhood. Shelter manager Ranjana, a much younger widow, is less constrained by traditional customs. Image by Amy Toensing. India, 2013.