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Govt could have done more: Sarabjit’s sister

Sumaiya Yousuf, Hindustan Times   January 21, 2013
First Published: 15:51 IST(21/1/2013) | Last Updated: 15:52 IST(21/1/2013)

With prayers on her lips and a ray of hope in heart, Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh currently imprisoned in Pakistan Jail, visited Bhopal on Sunday along with Sarbajit's daughter Poonam Kaur to attend a beauty pageant titled 'Miss Glory of Universe'.

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The beauty pageant, organised to raise voice for release of Sarabjeet and other innocent prisoners worldwide, concluded at a hotel in MP Nagar on Sunday.

On the third and final day, Dalbir, Poonam and Boris Erdtmann from Germany were chief guests while Ram Gopal Bansal, a social activist, was one of the jury members.

Sarah Knappik (26) from Berlin, Germany, won the title while Aakansha Choudhury from Meerut was adjudged as runner-up.

Thanking Mahesh Yadav for organising the event for her brother's release, Dalbir said, "I am very upset with Indian government. If they had shown their concern in time, my brother would have been standing with me now."

"Every time on Raksha Bandhan, this sister waits for her brother to come and celebrate the festival with her. His wife is still waiting for her husband at that door from where her husband went one day and never came back. His daughter is still waiting for her father to come and hug her. Of course, we lit candles on Diwali but it seems like nothing enlightened us, everything seems to be off coloured. I appeal you all to help us get my innocent brother and all those who are suffering like him out of that burden," she said.

Speaking to HT, Dalbir Kaur said, it seemed like she was attending a big show that would help for the release of her brother. She met the former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, but it was of no use.

Poonam burst into tears on the stage while remembering painful days and nights she spent without her father.

"I appeal to all the Indians to extend their support for my father's release. He is innocent. Please help me and my family get him out of the bars, which departed a father from his daughter. I am still waiting for my father."

Talking to HT Poonam said, "I don't know whether this pageant will help us or not, but I will not miss a single opportunity that will help my father's release. It feels good when somebody shows concern regarding this matter."

"We recently made an appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to exert pressure on Pakistan to release my father. So far, we have visited 173 leaders but they did nothing for us," Sarbarjit's daughter said.

The contestants of the pageant carried a poster in their hands and displayed them boldly on ramp to make an appeal for release of Sarabjeet Singh.


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