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Ludhiana: Father killed, mother in jail, two minors bear the brunt of law

Their mother Anita, along with her paramour, Jeevan Prasad, is lodged at women’s jail for allegedly killing her husband, Mann Bahadur, 50. There is no relative to take care of her six children - Sarnu, Manisha, Komal (4), Pooja (2), Babu (1), and 45 days old Rajni.

punjab Updated: May 20, 2017 18:41 IST
HT Correspondent
Talwandi Dham
Sarnu and Manisha, who were separated from their four siblings and mother, in Ludhiana on Friday. (HT Photo)

Destiny played a cruel joke with 8-year-old Sarnu and 6-year-old Manisha, who have been separated from their remaining four siblings and mother for the crime they did not commit. While their mother is lodged in women’s jail for murdering their father, the couple’s six children are left in a state of helplessness.

Sarnu has been sent to juvenile home at Talwandi Dham, while Manisha has been sent to Nishkam Sewa Ashram at Daad village, as they have exceeded the age limit to live with their mother Anita in women’s jail. Their other four siblings are lodged in the jail with their mother.

The children were not willing to go away from their siblings. They resented, but to no avail and eventually they bid adieu to their siblings with tears rolling down their cheeks.

Their mother Anita, along with her paramour, Jeevan Prasad, is lodged at women’s jail for allegedly killing her husband, Mann Bahadur, 50. There is no relative to take care of her six children - Sarnu, Manisha, Komal (4), Pooja (2), Babu (1), and 45 days old Rajni.

After the jail authorities came to know that two of her children have exceeded the age limit for staying in jail with parents, which is set to six year for children living with their mothers, they did not allow Manisha and Sarnu to stay with their mother in the jail.

On May 11, the body of Mann Bahadur was found from the accused shanty in Karamsar Colony. His throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon.

The Basti Jodhewal police had registered a case of murder against unidentified accused. On May 12, the police have claimed to solve the case with arrest of his wife Anita and her paramour. The police produced the woman before the court and the court ordered to send her to women’s jail on judicial remand, following which all her six children were sent with her.

After the jail authorities found two children who have exceeded the age limit, they informed the court. The court then ordered to send children to the juvenile home.

Police officials said, while they were shifted to children’s home, they were clueless as to why they are being separated from their mother and siblings. They were not willing to go, but the police were bound to obey rules.

Damanjit Kaur Walia, superintendent at women’s jail, said the children till age of six have been allowed to stay with their mother. Children who exceed the age limit have been handed over to relatives. In such cases, where there is no relative, the children are sent to children home with court orders.