Every time a car enters the narrow lane number 8 of Rama Vihar in Rohini Sector 39, the locals peep out of their windows. They are all waiting to catch a glimpse of the 26-year-old woman who made national headlines on January 17 by throwing ink at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Her mother, however, sits inside her bedroom, unmindful of the bustle outside. She is angry.
“I have not yet got a chance to speak to her. I did not even visit her in jail. Once she is back, I will tell her what she has done is utterly foolish,” says Laxmi Devi, mother of Bhawna Arora . “Her father is unwell and cannot move and speak. Otherwise he would have slapped her. He is very strict,” she says.
Bhawna’s father, a businessman, is suffering from paralysis and is bedridden. Bhawna was released on bail after four days in judicial custody.
Laxmi Devi says she is proud that her daughter stood up against corruption but throwing ink at the CM is something she condemned. “My daughter is very bold. We made sure she got the best education and values and never discriminated between her and her brother. I am proud she is working to weed out corruption but what is wrong is wrong,” she says.
Bhawna hadn’t returned home till late on Saturday evening. Attempts to speak to her on phone proved futile. However, her mother had made it clear that she did not want her daughter to be associated with politics anymore. “She joined this group (Aam Aadmi Sena) against our will... I told her she should concentrate on the business her father has started but she was very excited to join the wing,” she says.
Laxmi is now bothered about Bhawna’s marriage. “She wants to work. Pata nai kaunsa krantikari banana hai use... There is a lot I want to clarify with her,” she says.