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Story of 118- year- old woman captured imagination of readers

The story of 118-year-old woman last year had captured the imagination of HT readers. Everyone wants to live long but Jaswant Kaur, former sarpanch of Khalaspur village in Bassi Pathana subdivision of this district, had expressed her wish to die on April 7 and within a week God listened to her prayer on April 13.

punjab Updated: Jan 02, 2014 00:21 IST
Gurpreet Singh Mehak

The story of 118-year-old woman last year had captured the imagination of HT readers. Everyone wants to live long but Jaswant Kaur, former sarpanch of Khalaspur village in Bassi Pathana subdivision of this district, had expressed her wish to die on April 7 and within a week God listened to her prayer on April 13.

Her death shook her son Gurmukh Singh, 100, the most. The villagers of Khalaspur also grieved for the woman who had served as their sarpanch for five years. Jaswant Kaur led a simple and peaceful life and looked younger than her 118 years.

When HT for the first time highlighted her story,it brought TV journalists and other newspapers to her village. It was a new experience for Jaswant Kaur, and she obliged all with detailed interview.

Speaking to this correspondent on April 7, the woman had thanked the Almighty that she had made the most of her life and now had no fears of death. She had shared that she had spent most of her time reciting Gurbani and doing 'sewa' (volunteer service) at the village gurdwara.

Her son, Gurmukh Singh, is also a centenarian, which is rare.

Jaswant's other son, Surmukh Singh, died a long time ago. Gurmukh is unmarried and he lived with his mother. With other member of the family, he took good care of her. Before her death Jaswant Kaur had claimed that she was 121 but on the Punjab government ration card, her age was 118. At 12, she married Sarwan Singh of Khalaspur village.

Jaswant Kaur had witnessed the violence of Partition in 1947. Many Muslim families lived at that time in Khalaspur and she had close relations with them. She had also seen the Bhakra canal being dug near her village.