This Mathura shelter is a beacon of hope for destitute elderly men
Mathura/Vrindavan: In a dormitory with space for around 10 people, 73-year-old Krishna Agarwal sits on his bed by a window. By and by, he opens up on his life’s journey, remembering his wife who is no more. He says how she was a source of strength after his small photo-frame shop shut down due to financial losses.
After his wife died in 2015, Krishna struggled even more with age and loneliness. With no one to care of him, a relative led him to a governmentrun old-age home, the only one with dedicated space for single men in Mathura. That was over a month back. Today, he is relieved to be in a place where he finds dignity.
They may be fewer compared to women left to the care of Mathura and Vrindavan’s “widow homes”, but an increasing number of elderly men are reaching this shelter — either on their own or brought by relatives no longer willing to care for them.
Many residents are widowers or were abandoned by their families