Twenty-three years. She got up each day, for twenty-three years with just a hope. A hope for circumstances to change. She had just determination by her side; a determination to combat the adversity that had hit her family.

On August 28, 1990, Dabir Kaur’s younger brother, Sarabjit Singh, a farmer, accidentally crossed over to Pakistan and got accused of being a spy by Pakistani authorities. Hailing from a tiny village near Amritsar, Bhikhiwind, the family was shattered. For the next 23 years, an ordeal begun which did not seem to end. Singh’s family went through a tumultuous period, trying to secure his release. He was sentenced to death in 1991 but wasn’t hanged. Soaking the unimaginable pressures on her entire family like a sponge, Dalbir Kaur vowed to fight for the justice that her brother deserved.

Kaur was a fiery personality who didn’t stay still after receiving just words of assurance. She needed action, and she was unafraid to work for tangible results. She did it all – gate-crashing to reach influential people, directly approaching almost 170 politicians in both India and Pakistan. In 2011, she managed to get permission to visit her brother in jail, securing a rare visit. She crossed more than 10 lakh kilometres and pushed her boundaries relentlessly with a wide array of candlelight vigils and public rallies. The one thing she didn’t do was take ‘No’ for an answer.

Unfortunately for this brave, steely-eyed sister, her brother Sarabjit Singh was killed by fellow inmates on April 26, 2013. The conditions of his death attack however is under the scanner still with numerous speculations and stories build around it. However, finally in death, the 23 year struggle for justice ended with a tearful, heart-breaking reunion. Dalbir Kaur’s story is now being told on celluloid this year in “Sarbjit”, with Aishwarya Rai essaying the role of Dalbir and Randeep Hooda , the misfortune struck Sarabjit.

With tickets soon being available on popular platforms like BookMyShow, this struggle story is a must watch- if not for a brother who was troubled under circumstances uncalled for, then for a sister who serves as a reminder to the rest of us – to fight, to hold on and never give up.

Written By: Nikita Mehta | Post Date: 19th May 2016

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