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Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

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  • Apr 28, 2013, 13:35 PM IST
Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'
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Amritsar: She, along with her family members, had waited for this moment for long 23 years. She was not sure of meeting him again, but now she was actually meeting him—face to face. Although iron bars of Kot Lakhpat Rai jail were separating but seeing him alive and talking to him was everything for the family, says Sarabjit Singh's wife Sukhpreet Kaur.

It was an evening of 2008 when this moment came. “We were allowed to meet him in Kot Lakhpat Rai Jai. It lasted for 40 minutes, and before we could share our personnel thoughts, it was all over. All the time we kept talking about his case, and there was no time to let inner feelings vent out," says Sukhpreet Kaur, with tears in her eyes.

 

This was the last she got a chance to meet her husband. And now when they are going to meet him again, Sarabjit is in deep coma.

He was jailed on August 28, 1990.  His daughter Poonam was just 23 days old.  Daughter Swapandeep Kaur was a toddler—3-year-old. “Somehow, I managed to bring them up with dignity and pride," she narrates, still fighting to stop bursting into tears. She somehow manages to regain her composure and continues sharing her life struggle with us.

 

 

 

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    Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

    In 2010, Sarbjit sister Dalbir Kaur was allowed to meet him. “Dalbir has been helping us see through these tough times. She has adopted Swapandeep and looking after all of us," says Sukhpreet Kaur.

     

    (Photo: Swapandeep was just a toddler when her father was jailed in Pakistan)

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    Although Pakistan has rejected Sarabjit's mercy petition, we are still hopeful that he will be with us someday and pray for his safety and life, she says. We have knocked on every door and are determined to do so in future too, she adds.

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    Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

    The whole family is in deep shock after the attack on Sarabjit. “He had sent us a letter, suspecting such attacks as some prisoners were creating problems for him," she says.

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    Some prisoners kept threatening him and vowed to take revenge for the execution Afzal Guru and Kasab.

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    Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

    Indian government had conveyed their concern in this regard to Pakistan authorities, but despite this he was attacked in a pre-planned manner, alleges Sukhpreet Kaur.

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    Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

    She alleges that Sarabjit was being ill-treated. “He was ill, his blood pressure was not normal, and he had recently recovered from TB. But he was not being served proper meal," says Sukhpreet.

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    Exclusive interview with Sarabjit Singh's wife: 'A moment that came after long 23 years but passed in a jiffy'

    “Sarabjit lawyer called up around 7:30 on Friday night and informed us that he was not allowed to meet Sarabjeet before surgery," tells Sukhpreet, hoping things will be normal again and Sarabjeet will be back with them.

     

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