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Balbant Singh was only 5 years when his father and brother were killed in the Sikh Genocide of 1984. He missed education due to poverty and started working as a child labour.  Now, with hard work, he has established a small mechanical workshop. He is the sole earning member in a big family and stays in the widow colony of Tilak Bihar. Tilak Vihar in New Delhi is called the widow colony. Widows and children of the Sikhs who were killed in 1984 Sikh Genocide live here. Four thousand Sikhs were killed in 72 hours in Delhi alone but no body till date has been punished for such an inhuman crime. Illiteracy, drug addiction, child labour and immense poverty characterize the area. Twenty five years ago all the male family members above the age of 15 were killed and burnt, leaving their uneducated widows and children behind to suffer, even after 25 years. The present generation is jobless, steeped in alcoholism and have lost their directions in life. November 2009. New Delhi, India, Arindam Mukherjee
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Balbant Singh was only 5 years when his father and brother were killed in the Sikh Genocide of 1984. He missed education due to poverty and started working as a child labour. Now, with hard work, he has established a small mechanical workshop. He is the sole earning member in a big family and stays in the widow colony of Tilak Bihar. Tilak Vihar in New Delhi is called the widow colony. Widows and children of the Sikhs who were killed in 1984 Sikh Genocide live here. Four thousand Sikhs were...
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