Parents throughout their lives make endless sacrifices and compromises to give the best life to their kids. But what if those kids turn into abusers when they grow up. While many parents are blessed to have responsible kids, there are some parents who are living this nightmare.
One such nightmare has been lived by this 70-year-old couple. Their heartbreaking story recently went viral.
Their 30-year-old son not only threw out the parents from their own home but also beat his father so miserably that his elbow was broken. This old couple may have been battered by their life circumstances, but they haven’t given up on life.
While sharing how he and his wife are not giving up on their life yet, this father shared the heart-touching story with HoB:
“I never realised when my older son started gambling. I should have guessed something was wrong when he’d stay out all night and get home drunk. But I thought he was stressed about work– fasal ka bahut nuksaan hua tha.
One night he came home late and started breaking things. When I intervened, he screamed at me. He told me that he owed 50,000 Rupees and as his father, I was equally liable to pay that amount.
I’d never even seen Rs.10,000– Rs.50,000 was far away! Even if I were to sell off all our belongings, it wouldn’t be that much. When I told him I couldn’t help him, he got furious. He picked up my latthi and hit me; I was so shocked that I couldn’t even process it.
Then he came at me with full force. I tried to break free, but I wasn’t a match for my 30 year old son. Even my wife, Shatkan Ji’s pleas fell on deaf ears; he didn’t care. He kept hitting me until the neighbours ran in to help. But by then, I felt an excruciating pain in my arm and was bleeding all over.
I was rushed to a clinic– the doctors said my elbow was broken and needed to be treated immediately, but I had no money. So I took painkillers and returned home with a bandaged, broken elbow.
I thought I’d talk some sense into my son and figure a way out together. But when I got home, I found our belongings outside the door. We spent hours persuading him to let us in, but he didn’t even reply.
At 72, my wife and I left our gaon and came to Delhi to be closer to our daughter.
With the little we had, we got a kiraye ka makaan and set up a bhutta stall, but it failed because of the lockdown. There were days when we didn’t even make 20 Rupees. So our daughter suggested we start a chai tapri instead. That sounded better– at least stock wouldn’t go to waste.
So, two months back we started this tapri. We sit here all day. Shatkan Ji does everything, I just help her how much ever I can. I still haven’t gotten my elbow treated, but it doesn’t hurt as much now. Time has healed those wounds, but the wounds of the heart? No amount of time can heal those.
But Shatkan Ji and I want to live out the rest of our days happy. We want to spend our evenings attending satsangs and someday, go for a char dham yatra. We’ll have to work hard, but we’ll do it– I won’t ever go back to my son. Zindagi bahut lambi hain beta– hume toh aur jeena hain.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this couple’s courage and determination to fight their extreme circumstances. We hope they would soon fulfill their dreams and create a life of dignity and respect. Their story is an inspiration to all those who are tired of fighting their battles. We hope many would seek inspiration from this couple and not give up on themselves.
P.S. In case you would like to support the couple, you can find them at Dwarka sector 13, near Netaji Subhash Apartment Phase 1, New Delhi