The majority of Indian Windows are deprived of their inheritance rights. If a widow has adult sons, she may enjoy it but if she is childless or has only daughters she actually faces problems.
pROHIBITION OF REMARRIAGE
Some castes prohibit the remarriage of widows. Others allow it provided that it is within the family. If a widow marries away, she loses to her children as well as property. The higher the caste, the more likely it is that widows remarriage is forbidden.
Many widows come across economic hardship during their life. Employment opportunities for windows are very low especially because of the limitations on mobility and gender division of labor.
VICTIM OF VIOLENCE
In many parts of India, particularly in tribal communities, widows are sometimes killed as witches. The underlying motivation is economic, the accusers tend to be male relatives, and a brother-in-law or stepsons who want to control the land.