Tulika Jain, mother of 19-year-old Tarishi Jain, who was killed in the Dhaka terror attack was inconsolable at her funeral on Monday, July 4.
“Don’t call her a martyr, she wanted to live” the devastated woman wailed, her head on her daughter’s casket “I wont be strong. I don’t want to be strong. Why did they kill my daughter? I need a reason why she was killed. Is life so cheap?”
At the cremation in Gurgaon, 1,800km from Gulshan in Bangladeshi’s capital, the mother was beside herself with grief, speaking mostly to herself, friends and family who gathered around her. Clutching photographs of the family, Tulika called out to her husband, Sanjiv, and said:
“She was killed because she was Indian. Tell everyone the truth, the truth is that she was killed because she was an Indian. Why my Taru? She was a good girl. What did we do wrong that my Taru had to die like this?” Tulika asked. “Don’t call her a martyr, she wanted to live. I was just some distance away when my Taru was being hunted down. Why didn’t I do something?”
Sanjiv and Tarishi’s brother Sanchit, who performed his sister’s last rites around 5pm on the cremation ground at Sukhrali village in Gurgaon, tried to hold back their emotions. But Tulika was inconsolable.
“I don’t know anything, why is she dead, tell me? Should she be dead? She was just at a bakery doing what teens do. She had gone to Dhaka on a holiday and she wanted to do so much good for the people there. How was she an enemy for the terrorists?” she kept asking those who surrounded her at the Gurgaon community centre where Tarishi’s body was brought after being flown in from Dhaka.
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Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog