Vulnerabilities Faced by Women Widowed by Kedarnath Disaster: An Explorative Case Study

Authors

  • Kishore Mohan Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Vallikav, 690546 Kerala, India
  • Yamuna S Bonin Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Vallikav, 690546 Kerala, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2530

Abstract

This paper is aimed at exploring the vulnerabilities of women widowed during the Uttarakhand floods of India in 2013. Generally, widows in the Northern States of India, are perceived as a second-class citizen and is usually associated with social neglect, isolation, restrictions and poverty. The study consisted of 20 women who lost their husband in the floods. The results indicate that they are facing financial difficulties and profound helplessness. Their economic concerns primarily revolved around providing primary education and decent nutrition for their children. Governmental compensation and pension were reported to be insufficient to cover daily needs.

Keywords: Widowhood; Vulnerability; Disaster; Floods

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bsby e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2530

Published

2020-12-28

How to Cite

Mohan, K. ., & Bonin, Y. S. . (2020). Vulnerabilities Faced by Women Widowed by Kedarnath Disaster: An Explorative Case Study. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(SI3), 33-37. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2530