My name is Aruna Kabir and I live just outside the city of Siliguri in one tea estate community. My husband Faiyaz Kabir, throughout the duration of our marriage, was known to be an alcoholic. One day I found him lying on our kitchen floor in due reason for having drunk excessively. I stood in shock for more than an hour and a half, for though I had always pushed him to stop drinking, he never listened. I still cared much for him and always met his basic needs at home. It’s for that reason that I stood in shock. I couldn’t believe that someone whom I loved so much had died. When the time came to bury him,, my family and his community came together. We carried out the proper rituals as laid out by the Dupki mission. A few months later, new information was released concerning the death of my husband. In this, my father-in-law reported that his son was murdered. In due course, the police came to investigate the case. As investigation was carried out, it was eventually noted that this would be a matter taken up to the court. After a long well-analysed case, the judge stated that the Faiyaz’s body was to be unearthed for post-mortem examination.
Because his body was unearthed, villagers refused to accept it once more for burial. Since the time of re-examination however, the body of this man has gone missing. This is a matter that was appealed to an NGO for further dealing. With the help and dedication of DMWSC’s Legal representative, Margret Horo, my family and I discovered my husband’s body, in reality, went through a natural death. Shortly after this, I then faced a new problem; that of land eradication. Because my sisters have continuously sought to eradicate me from my home, I decided to seek Margret’s help. The DMWSC has hence continued to assist me in court as I deal with this current land issue.
Disclaimer : The names of those mentioned in this case have been modified so as to protect the true identity of those involved.