“My mother was striving to get justice for my father who had died in an accident in 2012. But within a year she also died in a similar way,” rues 16-year-old Lovish, son of Sharmila Sharma.
Sharmila had bled to death awaiting police action after her two-wheeler had collided with a CTU bus in Sector 10 in May 2013. Her husband Sunil had died in a road accident in October 2012.
“The memories of the incident are still fresh. My brother and I still can’t come to terms with the tragedy.” says Lovish. His 15-year-old brother, Prince, adds, “We had seen our mother running from pillar to post ever since the death of our father. When our father died we were told the next day about the accident.”
Sunil, riding a two-wheeler, was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The Panchkula police had taken Sunil to hospital at night. There was confusion in the records as the police said he was brought dead but the post-mortem report said Sunil died in morning. After this horror came the mother’s death.
Prince recalls, “Our mother could have been saved if the Chandigarh police had acted swiftly and rushed her to a hospital, which was only 100 metres away.”
Subhash Gupta, brother of Sharmila, who is taking care of the children says, “The two accidents have left our family completely shattered. I can only say that people should drive in a careful manner. They should care for the safety of others. One error can change the course of someone’s life.”
Upon Punjab and Haryana high court’s instruction, the administration is paying Rs 14,200 per month to the two children till they turn 21. The Haryana government also paid 1 lakh each to the kids as compensation for their father’s death.