For 26-year-old Vipin, actor Salman Khan’s conviction on Wednesday in a drunk driving case after 13 years is a hint of what he has to go through in the years ahead.
On December 14 last year, Vipin’s father was crushed to death by a drunk driver out on a late-night drive in his Maruti Eeco Car. Vipin’s father, assistant sub-inspector Nagendra Pal Singh, was no super cop. He was just a normal 52-year old — away from home — on night duty at a border post in south-east Delhi.Singh was not killed by a celebrity or any prominent Delhi businessman, which explains why there are no journalists, lawyers promising free legal aid, activists or television cameras visiting his house to tell the family’s story.
There is no one to write that the family has not received compensation and that Vipin’s application for a job in the police force on compassionate grounds was turned down twice in the past six months.
“I read about Salman Khan’s case, which took more than 13 years. I wonder how long we will have to fight. I think our troubles have only begun. Only a month ago, I went to the police headquarters and was told that my job application had been rejected for want of some additional documents. It has been rejected twice. I do not even know the man who killed my father but I know that he is no actor so our case will not be given importance,” he said.
Being the eldest in the family, Vipin is worried about his future and responsibilities. His younger brother is still studying law at Agra University. Singh was the sole bread earner in their family.
While his mother spends most of the time in the fields, the family has survived the last six months on the provident fund of his father.
His father stayed in the police barracks at Rashtrapati Bhawan and earned about Rs 10,000 every month.
“We are told the accused was a driver and he is in jail. That is a thing of the past. What we want is a job and compensation. We keep hearing about similar compensations awarded to victims who die in such cases. What about us? Forget compensation, all I am asking is a job in Delhi police,” he told Hindustan Times.