The blows never seem to end for the Yadav siblings. The latest to hit them: the man who was supposed to marry Savita,the eldest,has changed his mind. She has also been thrown out of her own Ulhasnagar home by her uncle.
It started when they lost their parents in the Gateway blast. Hanumanta and Sakhi Yadav used to sell flowers and toys at the tourist spot.
The couple left behind five children,Savita was 12 then and the youngest,Narsu,only two. Help started pouring in after The Indian Express broke the news of the orphans. Later,a trust was formed.
In between,Savitas sister Rajeshri eloped with a disabled man. Last month,Rajeshri was killed by a truck while she was sleeping on the pavement. Savita is yet to break the news to her siblings. They are not strong enough to bear another shock, she said.
Savita was to marry a Pune-based man from her community,but he refused at the last moment. He didnt want me to help my siblings after marriage. But I am their only support, she said.
Even her uncle asked her to leave the house,owned by her. They used to fight with me and asked me to leave the house. I can easily get them out of the house,but I am waiting for the monsoon to get over otherwise they would be left roofless, she added. She now stays with a cousin.
But as the news of blast verdict was broken to her,Savitas expression suddenly changed. I am happy that they are convicted…very happy, she said. I just want to see the people who killed my parents¿ slap them once. They should realise what it means to be an orphan. They are responsible for our misery. We have suffered the most in these years and our family is now scattered.
Narsu is currently studying in Class I in a boarding school in Koregaon Park,Pune,while Bharti (13) and Radha (11) are studying in Class II in another boarding school. I miss them a lot and do visit them once a month, Savita said.
The childrens education was severely affected with no elderly person to look after them. With no proper guidance,the children had to change their schools frequently.