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Haru Singh lives with his son and his family in Tilak Vihar. The man was badly bitten during the Sikh Genocide in 1984. He could miraculously escape death as he fell on the ground unconscious in the rampage and the mob mistook him to be dead and left him behind. Later the government workers took him along with the other corpses, dumped in a truck, to dispose off in the Yamuna River. It was then when Haru was discovered by one of the workers to be alive and was released thereafter. Till date he suffers from joint pain and body ache. 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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