SARABJIT : An Innocent Indian

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By Vaibhavi Dhotre.

To talk about the relation India shares with its neighbouring countries, NaMo government has strained every nerve in order to develop good relations and it has successfully achieved it.

Yet least has changed when it comes to Indo-Pak relation.

From the partition of British India in 1947, hitherto there have been many instances threatening the good relation between the two countries. India seems to follow a policy of “No first attack” akin to the policy of “No first use” following the use of nuclear weapons. However Pakistan has always threatened India with its barbaric acts, be it Kashmir conflicts, Kargil war, or Mumbai terror attack.

The Indo-Pak relation is largely based on reciprocity. Since historical times Pakistan has been revenging the deaths of its nationals caught in terror attacks in India. Here is a story “Sarabjit” revealing such unjust acts done by Pakistan on innocent Indians.

Sarabjit” is an upcoming Indian biographical drama film directed by Omung Kumar. The film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda in lead roles, with Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumar essaying supporting roles in film. The film will be narrated through the perspective of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It is slated to be released on 20th May 2016.

The film revolves around the true controversy of Sarabjit Singh. Sarabjit was a farmer living along the borders of India, who one fine day seemed to have mistakenly crossed the borders and step on the Pakistan land. He was arrested and convicted of terrorism and spying. He was alleged as Manjit Singh the true culprit and was tried and convicted by Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed many people in 1990. After a brief trial in Lahore he was condemned and sentenced to death in 1991, but the sentence was repeatedly postponed by Pakistan government.

His sister Dalbir Kaur fought for 23 years with Pakistani government before Sarabjit being declared innocent. Yet after being declared innocent and given bail, he was attacked in central jail by fellow prisoners. He succumbed to his injuries on 2nd May 2013.

Akin to this story there are thousands of real life incidents which stay behind the curtain. Ajmal Kasab’s death in May 2010 had sealed the fate of Sarabjit. According to sources Sarabjit was also threatened after Afzal Guru was executed in India in February 2013 over his role in the Parliament attack case.

Sarabjit, an innocent Indian was brutally injured with sharp weapons in world class security prison which reveals the kind of treatment Indians get in Pakistan whereas here Ajmal Kasab was given world class security in India.

Getting their innocent national back was an uphill task for India, though many appeals were filed all to be rejected by Pakistan. Even the corpse of Sarabjit showed broken skull and missing vital organs. It is unjust to let go the heinous acts done by Pakistan hitherto.

India is a nation governed with laws forming its base of dharma, it will never encourage any anti peace acts, and for it is India.

(Vaibhavi Dhotre is a student of ILS law college, Pune .)