Jaswinder Kaur was reprted missing 8 years ago.Her husband Gurmel Singh and three children had given up all hope of finding her alive. Yet somehow and via a bizarres set of circumstances Jaswinder Kaur has been re-united with her family in Gurdaspur.
The lost and found story of this simple-looking Punjabi woman, Jaswinder Kaur, is rather complex. However, tiny acts of compassion shown towards her by strangers, social workers and the railway police (GRP) helped this mentally unstable woman regain her senses, and eventually, her family, reports the Times Of India.
“In June 2013, Kaur was spotted by an alert GRP woman police constable, M H Mulani, at the Mankhurd station on Central Railway Harbour Line route, and she was brought to our New Panvel shelter home run by the Social and Evangelical Association for Love (SEAL). Kaur was mentally unstable and seemed to have aimlessly travelled in several trains to finally arrive in Mumbai,” said social worker Jaynamma Abraham of SEAL Ashram.
Abraham further added that Kaur had started showing some improvement in her mental health at the shelter, but still could not fully remember her home address or even the name of her village. “One of our Punjabi speaking volunteers, Mrs Parveen Singh, then started regularly chatting with her at SEAL Ashram and also clicked her photographs which were then circulated in various Punjab based Whatsapp groups,” she said.
As luck would have it, the sarpanch of Bada Hasanpura village in Gurdaspur district recognised the photos of Jaswinder Kaur, since her husband, Gurmel Singh, was also a resident there and had been frantically trying to find her over the years.
“I just could not believe that my missing wife has finally been found after over eight years. It feels as if she had died and is now reborn again as a new Jaswinder Kaur,” stated her elated husband during a tele-video conference with SEAL trustees at New Panvel. The woman’s brother, Jagjit Singh, had flown to Mumbai from Punjab last week in order to take her back to her husband and three children (two sons and a daughter).
“The story of this lost, homeless woman Jaswinder Singh has had a happy ending. However, there are thousands of such mentally ill patients who somehow get lost in the cities, and wander from station to station, sleep on the roads and eat whatever any kind stranger offers them. If their health further worsens, then they die as unknown, homeless persons. Their worried family members never come to know about their harsh fate,” said the founder of SEAL, pastor K M Philip.