AHMEDABAD – In a moving letter to the wife of the IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt , sentenced to life imprisonment last week in a 30-year old case of alleged custodial death, Nishrin Jafri Hussain, the daughter of Ehsan Jafri, who was burnt alive in Ahmedabad during 2002 Gujarat riots by a mob, says she should not expect much sympathy or solidarity from people. This is India, she writes, and the battle will be lonely.
The unedited letter from her Facebook wall is reproduced here:
Dear Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt,
Fighting for Justice and human rights in India is a long and lonely battle.
Once Teesta Setalvad mentioned this in an interview and for days I kept to myself trying to understand the depth of her sentence. I felt this loneliness from day one but I didn’t know how to express myself. So let me tell you how lonely this road that your husband has taken is and how long, lonely and difficult is the road ahead for you, your children and family, just in case you have not figured it out yet.
My mother was just 23 when she moved to Ahmedabad sometimes in 1960 and in 2002 at the age of 60 that night when she left her house and walked on the streets with the same saree she had on from the morning of Feb 28th, and on the same streets that she walked for 40+ years there was not a single door from her home in Chamanpura all the way to Gandhinagar where she ended up in a family friend’s house the next day that was open for her, open to take her with open arms.