Orphaned at 6, Preeti finds a ‘saviour’ in district legal authority officer
Preeti’s parents and her three siblings, including a toddler, were killed when a truck hit their motorcycle in Rae Bareli. The family was returning home from a relative’s house at the time of the accident.lucknow Updated: Jun 05, 2017 13:15 IST
Little does Preeti, 6, realise that she has been orphaned in just one stroke when she lost her entire family including parents and three siblings in a road mishap in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli on May 29. Preeti survived as she had gone to her maternal aunt’s house on the fateful day.
Now, a week after the incident, Preeti is still wondering why her parents have not returned to pick her up. When questioned, the girl innocently replies that her parents have gone to the market and would come back soon to take her home. As the girl wanders about the home of her widow grandmother Mohana and two uncles Tulsi Ram and Phul Chandra, she looks at the door every time someone enters.
For the little girl, secretary, district legal authority (Lok Adalat) Abhishek Upadhyay came as a messenger of goodwill. When Upadhyay came to know about Preeti’s plight, he paid a visit to her grandmother’s house in Garhi village where he aghast to see the poverty-ridden family. He also came to know that Preeti’s grandmother despite being a widow was getting no pension. Upadhyay made a call to district probation officer and told him to get her old age pension and also farmer accident insurance scheme, if possible.
Mohana told Upadhyay she had only 3 biswa of land and if she got pension then she would be able to take care of Preeti properly. Upadhyay assured her to do the needful and said a motor accident claim would also be filed in the case. He said the case will be pleaded free by the Authority’s panel lawyer to get accident compensation for Preeti. Upadhyay has invited Preeti’s family to visit the authority office for legal help.
To recall, Preeti’s parents and her three siblings, including a toddler, were killed when a truck hit their motorcycle near Dusati bridge in Rae Bareli early on May 29. Shivram (40), his wife Shiv Kumari, 30, their children Kirti, 10, Priyanshi 3, and Sunny, 1, were crushed when the motorcycle got stuck under the rear wheels of the truck which ploughed into their two-wheeler in the Amawa police station area. The family was returning home from a relative’s house at the time of the accident. The truck driver fled the scene leaving the vehicle behind, the police said.