To Blind Faith
In those days there were
instances of old men of sixty or seventy marrying again after the death of their wives.
And the girls who had to marry such old men were ten or twelve years old. It was then the
custom to marry the girls before they were twelve years old. Naturally, those young girls
who married old men would be widowed within a few years. Society thought it was the result
of their sins committed in their previous births and punished them. Even these young
widows had to have their heads shaved. Thus disfigured they had to pass their lives in a
dark room. Somehow this cruel, hateful practice had taken root in our society. Society
believed that this practice was laid down in the sacred books of religion and was morally
right, and followed it.
The sight of such practices made Karve very unhappy. The
sufferings of the young widows melted his heart.