Sewa Bharti comes forward to help slain soldier’s sister


Punjab-based Sewa Bharti expresses desire to pitch in for her marriage
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Tribune News Service
Jammu, May 15
In a bid to lend a helping hand to the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in an encounter with militants on May 2 in Kishtwar district, Punjab-based NGO Sewa Bharti has expressed its willingness to help the family with the marriage ceremony of the slain soldier’s younger sister.
It may be recalled here that ever since the Army had launched a search operation a fortnight ago, which led to a fierce gun battle on May 2 near Palmar, Noor Hussain, a decorated soldier of 159 Territorial Army, had postponed the marriage of his younger sister Kulsoma Bano to May 15.
After going through The Tribune yesterday, the Punjab-based NGO decided to help Hussain’s family solemnise the marriage of Kulsoma Bano.
However, Hussain’s family has now rescheduled Kulsoma’s marriage and the date hasn’t been finalised as yet.
“After going through The Tribune, we want to help this family with the marriage of this girl who lost her brother, a brave soldier of the Army,” said Satpal Arora, founder member and chairman of Sewa Bharti.
The NGO will provide gifts worth Rs 40,000, blankets, clothes, sweets and help the family arrange other requirements of the marriage, said Arora.
We would definitely come to Kishtwar to help the family, he added.
He said Sewa Bharti, which is based in Kotkapura in Faridkot district of Punjab, has so far helped 310 girls in their marriages in the past 10 years.
Besides solemnising marriages, the NGO also provides financial help of Rs 5,000 each to at least 50 widows every year.
It has also opened a school for children living in slums in Bathinda.
A decorated soldier, Hussain had been part of the Indian Army during a UN mission at Lebanon from November 14, 2008, to September 14, 2009.
Belonging to a poor family, Hussain had been enrolled in the 159 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) (Home and Hearth) Dogra on January 14, 2004.

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