With promise to fulfil his daughter’s dreams, IAS-IPS couple meets martyr’s family in Tarn Taran village
Going through the toughest time of their life, the family of martyr naib subedar Paramjit Singh — who died in a Pakistani attack in J&K — had something to cherish when an IAS-IPS couple drove from Himachal Pradesh to meet them and promise support to his 12-year-old daughter, Khushdeep Kaur.
Kullu deputy commissioner Yunus Khan and his IPS wife Anjum Ara, who is posted as superintendent of police, Solan, were given a warm welcome as they entered the martyr’s house and spent a few hours with the family on Saturday afternoon. They met all three children — Khushdeep, who is a student of Class 7; her twin brother Sahildeep Singh, and elder sister Simardeep Kaur, 15. Even neighbours came and thanked the officers.
Terming his gesture very small, Yunus Khan said, “Khushdeep is a daughter of a very brave soldier who sacrificed his life for the nation. When my wife and I learnt about it, we decided to come forward and support the family. We will support the education and career of Khushdeep. She is too young to decide what she will become. But whatever she wants to be, a doctor, engineer or even enter the civil services, we will give our best to fulfil the dream.”
“Khushdeep will stay with her family in the village, but we will keep visiting her regularly,” he said, “We are soon going to decide how to take forward her education.”
Anjum Ara too said, “It is a very small contribution. Our effort is to support a child of a martyr who laid down his life for our country.” She also saw the house that Paramjit Singh was constructing for his kids.
On what inspired them, Ara said, “Being officers, we work in different spheres and for welfare. That’s from where this thought to support the family emerged.”
Thanking the couple, Khushdeep’s mother Paramjit Kaur said, “The couple has shown great humanity, and the entire village is thankful to them. My husband always wanted to make Khushdeep an officer, and I can feel that now with the guidance of such educated people my daughter will become an officer.”
She added, “The family is going through immense emotional loss, and such people who are supporting my daughter are actually sharing my pain. We needed this, and others too also must take inspiration from the IAS-IPS couple.”
Khushdeep Kaur didn’t speak much, and only said that she wants to be an officer in future as her father always wanted to see her successful.