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West Bengal: The Government recently raised the compensation for tiger widows to Tk300,000 in case of death, and Tk100,000 in case of serious injury by Masum Billah September 14,2021   |  Source: The Business Standard

One day, in the early 1990s, her husband Charan Sardar, a fisherman, went into the waterways in Sundarbans with others from Jelepara. On that fateful day, a tiger suddenly attacked the group. As Sundarbans tigers are not water-shy, the man-eater jumped on Charan in the water, sunk its teeth into his neck and dragged him into the jungle. Charan's body was never found. After the news reached home, bereaved Sonamoni broke down at the loss of her beloved husband. Life of a widowed marginal woman has always been tough. But life turned upside down for Sonamoni when her mother-in-law blamed her for the loss of his son. "She said I was a curse for her family; that I was an ill-omened husband killer," Sonamoni told us sitting in the narrow veranda of her tiny hut. With many such huts attached to each other in a small area, there is no way for fresh air to get in. Despite being adjacent to the world's largest mangrove forest, her place was extremely hot. We were bathing in sweat as Sonamoni went on. "My in-laws evicted me from my home. I was forced to go back to my parents' place," Sonamoni said. "Back at my parents' place, the wives of my brothers made the same accusations. They said I was a witch, an ill-omened husband killer. I would bring a curse to their families and kids."

 

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