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Taranjeet Kaur is now 13 and works as a tailor alongside her studies to help her father run the family. Her grandfather (in the photo on the wall) died in the 1984 Sikh Genocide. Her father who was young at that time was badly bitten but could narrowly escape death. Now his father works in a Gurdwara for an earning which is just not enough to run the family. 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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