‘News of hanging cannot take away pain of my husband’s death’
Karuna Thakur Waghela, who lost her husband during the 26/11 attacks, greeted news of Kasab’s death with a mixture of relief, disbelief and joy. “I felt happy, but I wondered, is it true?” said Waghela, 35. “People are saying they have hung him, but if they give us some proof I would have more faith.”
Waghela’s husband worked as a ward boy at the GT Hospital and was shot at outside the hospital. Like many others, Waghela believes justice should have been delivered sooner. “I do feel like I have got justice, but he should have been given the death sentence immediately after the attacks,” she said.
“It has been so long. Everyone knew he was involved in the attacks and had killed so many people. It is good that he was hung. It was late, but good.”
However, the good news of Kasab’s hanging cannot obliterate the pain of Waghela’s husband’s death. Waghela was given her husband’s job at the GT Hospital and each day of work is a reminder of the incident. “The pain will remain, I have to go work there every day,” she said.
Waghela lives in Sion-Koliwada with her three school-going children. It has been nearly four years since the incident, but she can never get complete full closure. “How can it be forgotten?” said Waghela. “The memories are often awakened.”
- Bhavya Dore
‘We have waited very long for this’
45-year-old Sunanda Bhanu Narkar was glued to the TV set on Wednesday after news of Kasab’s execution broke out. “We are all very happy and have waited very long for this,” said Narkar, a homemaker.
The Sion resident’s husband, Bhanu Narkar, worked as a security guard at Cama Hospital and was shot dead by terrorists on November 26, 2008. After his death, the family went through several financial troubles even though they were relocated to a bigger flat in a Mhada colony. “It was difficult when we lost him because he was the only breadwinner,” said Narkar, a mother of two. “I had to get my children married as well. My older son got married only this year,” she said.
Making her troubles worse are unfulfilled promises by the government and authorities. Narkar said she had been assured her husband’s monthly salary and a petrol pump, but four years since the attack, there is no sign of these. “We approached the authorities at the hospital several times, but gradually stopped since they didn’t respond,” she said. Her son, Pravin, was hired as a security guard at the hospital after his father's death.
- Mugdha Variyar