Anti-tobacco campaigner Sunita Tomar’s husband on Thursday alleged threat from some men who asked him to stop the anti-tobacco campaign “or face the consequences”.
Sunita Tomar, who featured in a 30-second video for the Union ministry’s anti-tobacco ad a year ago, passed away on Wednesday in Gwalior after a long battle against cancer.
A day after her death, her husband Brijendra Singh Tomar said two bike-borne men visited his house on Thursday and threatened him to stop the campaign which had caused “their bosses” (tobacco sellers) a huge loss.
Brijendra said the threat only strengthened his resolve to carry on with his wife's campaign and now he planned to target the tobacco sellers too. He said he so far had not reported the matter to the police.
He further said that his wife might have lost her battle against cancer but her life would inspire people in future not to fall prey to tobacco.
He regretted that neither the state government nor the Union government had come forward to offer a better treatment for Sunita. Had they extended the help, his wife would have battled against tobacco for some more time, he said.
"Union health minister Harsh Vardhan felicitated her once in August, presenting her a shawl and a coconut. But, it was all that they had done,” Brijendra said.