Revisiting road mishap victims: Foster parents only shot at new life for six-year-old orphan

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2015 16:32 IST

The fatal accident of his mother in 2011 only marked the beginning of an ordeal for this child, who ended up in an orphanage.

Now six years old, Bhavesh Tiwari is hoping to get a foster family. “He believes his ‘Mummy-Papa bhagwan ke ghar gaye hain (My parents have gone to God’s abode’,” says his paternal uncle Vijay Kumar Tiwari.

Bhavesh’s father died in 2012 owing to an illness.

A few photographs of his with his parents are the only memories Bhavesh has of “mummy-papa”.

His legal guardian Vijay works at a shop in Manimajra but was unable to bring up the child. He thus lodged him at an orphanage in Nakodar (Jalandhar) run by the former employer of Bhavesh’s father.

“He thinks that he is staying away from family only to be able to go to school. His questions, particularly when he asks if his parents will return at all, are hard to answer with lies all the time,” Vijay says. “But he’s too young for the truth.”

What happened

Bhavesh’s mother Pinki, 24, who worked as domestic help, had on October 2, 2011, sustained injuries after being hit by a speeding SUV driven by an Ambala man. A resident of Shastri Colony slum, she was going to attend a jagran around 8.40pm when the mishap occurred at a traffic signal near IT Park. She succumbed to her injuries on December 24, 2011.

“Bhabi was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to hospital with head injuries. Doctors had even operated upon her, but she never regained consciousness,” Vijay recalls. “She was put on ventilator and we took a loan to get her treated; but all went waste when doctors declared her dead in December. Her death shattered my brother Kanhaiya Lal Tiwari, and a year later he too died of heart attack,” he adds.

The Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) had in March this year ordered a compensation of `17.7 lakh for Bhavesh with 7.5% interest. This was ordered to be deposited as fixed deposit in his name which he can get after he attains the age of 18.

What ahead?

“Money cannot make up for the loss, but can certainly guarantee a bright future for Bhavesh,” Vijay says. Bhavesh, who is studying in kindergarten, is now up for adoption.

“We are looking for a decent family so he can get a good life. Vijay’s financial condition is not enough to take care of him,” says Ravinder Thakur, who runs the orphanage in Nakodar.

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