New Delhi, India – On November 1, 1984, Jasibai’s husband set out at dawn with his cart of nuts and sweets to sell them. He returned home after hearing that Sikhs were being attacked in Delhi because two Sikh bodyguards had gunned down Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a day earlier. Her son, who worked as a porter, rushed back from the railway station to protect his family.
A few hours later, Jasibai saw a mob pouring kerosene over their bodies and burning them in their neighbourhood of Trilokpuri Block 32 in the eastern suburb of India’s capital.
“They dragged us out of our homes to murder us and no one came to stop them,” the 90-year-old woman told Al Jazeera.
On November 2, Leela Kaur saw her husband’s head split open with an iron rod in the same neighbourhood. The dying man begged her for water. But Kaur, who is Jasibai’s sister, found that the taps had been broken in the mob attacks.
“He was so parched that he told me to urinate so that he could drink something,” she said. “I had no choice but to do it.” She later saw his body being dumped into the Yamuna River along with hundreds of other corpses.
Trilokpuri Block 32, in East Delhi, was one of the worst hit areas in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left more than 300 people dead. In the last 30 years, the sisters said that the police did not try to find the men who murdered their husbands…read it at Al Jazeera.