Today, the world is celebrating the international day of the girl child. But we at I For Her, are mourning the death of a brave girl who lost her life while saving the lives of many people.
On Monday early morning, when Swati Garg came out of her home on the 5th floor of tower B6 of Gurugram’s Tulip Orange, she found herself covered in smoke. She realized that a fire had broken out in the building and she was in the middle of it. in the electric shaft on the first floor of the tower, which rises to the 5th floor.
The 32-year-old mother wasted no time.
She quickly alerted her own family as the electric panel next to her flat could have caught fire. Her husband Girish, along with her four-year-old daughter, rushed out. And, so did her mother and a friend who was living with them.
The good-willed Swati didn’t stop there. She wanted to save her community and ran across her floor & the upper floor to alert other residents and their families. As families rushed to safer flats to escape the fire, Girish and Swati lost track of each other.
Girish recalled the horror while speaking with The Times of India,
“We first tried to go downstairs but could not go beyond the third floor. We returned to our flat because we were suffocating. By the time we reached the eighth floor, I was struggling to breathe. The door of one of the flats opened, and I rushed in with my daughter.”
But, there was no information about Swati.
Around 3:30 am, when the fire brigade began the rescue operations, they found Swati’s body, next to the door that led to the terrace.
As per the events, it is assumed that Swati reached to the 10th floor but the door to the terrace was locked. As she couldn’t climb down for help, she lost consciousness and died of asphyxiation. Evidence of this was found next to the door where her handprints marred the wall.
As per her husband,
“Tulip infrastructure, Apple (facility management company) and its managers and officials of DTCP who gave approval are responsible for my wife’s death, and action has to be taken against all of them.”
Though a case on Section 304 (culpable homicide) was filed at Badshahpur police station against the building infrastructure and its maintenance agency, who is going to explain to a 4 years old girl child what happened to her mother.
Maybe, when she understands how her brave mother saved dozens of lives in the building by putting herself in danger, it might give her the courage to overcome the greatest sorrow.
Rest in peace, Swati – The Hero who saved so many lives.