Terrifying (and important contrast to the rather privileged perspective presented here).
Widows in India have a pronoun problem. The estimated 40 million women widows in the country go from being called “she” to “it” when they lose their husbands. They become “de-sexed” creatures.
Clearly, it’s more than a problem of language, although that discrimination goes further, with epithets such as “husband eater” used against them.