How many women were widowed, left without a helper or protector.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 62)
In cases where there is no issue the share of the children reverts to the House of Justice to be expended on orphans and widows and for whatever will profit
(Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 43)
The first step in ending family violence,” said Dr. Nahid Toubia, of the Population Council, “is recognizing that certain practices, such as genital mutilation and widow burning, can be sources of cultural pride and serve to maintain the existing social order.” In other cases, she said, people consider wife battering, excessive punishment of children and infanticide of baby girls as “an unpleasant but unavoidable reality.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1994 May 26, Creating Violence-Free Families)
They (Local Spiritual Assembly) must do their utmost to extend at all times the helping hand to the poor, the sick, the disabled, the orphan, the widow, irrespective of colour, caste and creed.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 123)
This principle of the husband’s responsibility to provide for and protect the family can be seen applied also in the law of intestacy which provides that the family’s dwelling place passes, on the father’s death, not to his widow, but to his eldest son; the son at the same time has the responsibility to care for his mother.
(Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 414)