(Recently Vivek Tiwari, an executive working at Apple, was shot dead by a police constable in Lucknow. Tiwari, 38 years old, was married to Kalpana and had 2 daughters.
The constable was arrested and booked for murder. The state government has also ordered a probe into the incident.
Now, Tiwari’s widow, Kalpana is fighting for justice for her husband’s death. And, I wanted to share what I, as a wife and mother of two, feel about her loss)
My words might not do justice to the pain that you are going through.
But, I’ll still try to share what every wife is going through after hearing the painful story of your loss.
When Vivek must have left for the day on Friday for office, you might not have even imagined in your most dreadful nightmare that:
It was the last day when he was bidding you goodbye It was the last day when you would see him smile And, It was the last day when he was hugging you And, It was the last day when he told you that he will be back home soon
Hardly you knew he was never going to come back.
In a society, where women are preyed on in every nook and corner, Vivek was the man of great values. In order to ensure his colleague reaches home safely, he took all the measures that made him the hero in eyes of the whole nation.
Since the day Vivek left you, you are not fighting just an outside battle with our snail-paced system demanding for justice for Vivek, but an internal battle too with thousands of unanswered questions running in your mind.
As a mother, whenever I think about your struggle with the questions of your daughters’ future & security, it makes me sad and scared for you.
And, when I think about your struggle to tell those innocent eyes that their Dad would never come back, makes me numb, makes me cry in grief and sorrow.
In modern India, I’m always scared about mine and my daughter’s safety but now I am scared about my husband’s safety too. What if today’s goodbye is going to be the last goodbye because some cop’s lack of judgment will lead to a mistake that would shatter my whole world in one second.
Though my heart is grieving for Vivek and your family, when I see you battling for justice – I feel so inspired by your courage and strength. Each and every word that you have said – each and every demand that you have kept – makes me feel so proud of you.
You had an option to be helpless, to accept the injustice, to cover yourself under the blanket of what ifs – but you stood up against them.
But you demanded justice for your husband, your family and for yourself!
Even though your soul was heavily wounded, you refused to give up the battle.
There is hardly anything that anyone could do to take away your pain, but my family and I are constantly praying for you, your kids, your parents and, Vivek!
Even though Vivek is not with us today. But, I’m sure wherever he is – he must be so proud of you – that you have left no stone unturned to get him justice!
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