It had been a daily ritual for Pratima Ruidas for the last 17 years. Every morning,as she lit the lamp in front of an idol of Goddess Kali,Pratima prayed for only thing – her missing husband should return home.
She firmly believed that her husband was alive. Her belief came true on Monday when Pratima,now 39 years old,reunited with her husband,Subodh Ruidas (43),at Vidya Sagar Mental Health Institute,Amritsar.
The reunion came just 15 days before the couples younger daughter,Kuku Moni,is scheduled to tie the knot at Akui village in Bankura district of West Bengal. After reaching the hospital early on Monday,an emotional Pratima asked her husband ,Chinte Parcho (Do you recognise me)?
As Subodh answered in affirmative,they hugged each other tears rolling down their eyes.
I knew he would be back. I did not have any idea that he had gone to Pakistan and was taken prisoner there. He had left home after having a dispute with my parents. He was hit in the head in the scuffle and had became mentally ill, Pratima said.
He spent nearly 12 years in a jail in Pakistan after he boarded a train to the neighbouring country in a state of mental illness. He was repatriated to India in 2007 and ever since had been undergoing treatment at Vidya Sagar Mental Health Institute,Amritsar.