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Video | Harjit Sajjan spends time at Jalandhar girls’ orphanage

Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan caught the Unique Home authorities unaware on Thursday, when he reached the premises at approximately 45 minutes ahead of schedule.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 12:38 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Harjit Sajjan,Canadian defence minister,Unique Home
Harjit Sajjan at Unique Home in Jalandhar on Thursday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT )

“Society will witness change when we will give more chances to girls”, said Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan. Sajjan said this while meeting girls at Unique Home orphanage at Jalandhar-Nakodar road.

The minister said, “The world is in dire need of change which will only happen if we start from our homes by giving more opportunities to our sisters and daughters.”

He appreciated Bibi Parkash Kaur, the founder of the Unique Home and gave her example about how she has made the difference in the society by adopting abandoned girls and providing a better education.

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Harjit Sajjan clicking pictures at Unique Home in Jalandhar on Thursday. ( HT Photo )

The minister said that he will especially tell his Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the home and efforts of the founder.

The Canadian minister enjoyed taking rides and clicking pictures while interacting with the girls of Unique Home.


Sajjan, who had apparently been following the case of Khushi, an infant girl who was recently rescued from a dry 18-foot-deep well in Khothra village near Behram town after she was abandoned by her mother, inquired about her health and expressed the desire of meeting her.

The girl, Gurnoorpreet Kaur, who was abandoned when she was one-day-old, is currently undergoing treatment at Doaba hospital .

Kaur’s mother was later on arrested by police. Due to security reasons, Sajjan could not go to the hospital so a special ambulance brought Kaur to the orphanage in the presence of doctor and nursing team to meet Sajjan. He also inquired about the health of the girl from the doctors.

Dr Ashutosh from Doaba hospital informed that a crafting surgery will be performed on girl’s right foot.

As per doctors Gurnoorpreet will stay for another week at the hospital. He also informed that a skin specialist and nursing team will take care of her. Later, he also honoured a 20-year-old girl Lucy with a special medal from his ministry.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 15:09 IST