Sunil Kumar Vidyarthi was among the 18 soldiers who had laid down his life while fighting terrorists who had attacked an Indian Army brigade headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.
On September 19, just a day after their father was slain, Sunil’s three daughters: Aarti, Anshu and Anshika Vidyarthi, went ahead and appeared for their examinations in school.
Naik Sunil Kumar, a resident of Boknari village in Gaya, about 117 kilometre south of Patna is survived by his wife, three daughters and a two year old son.
Sunil’s eldest daughter, Arti, 14, now demands that her father’s real killers be punished even as she continued to sob.
For the three daughters, their father’s martyrdom is a matter of pride. “Mere papa ne desh ke liye jaan qurbaan kar diya hai, unki sahadat pe hum teeno bahno ko garv hai (My father sacrificed his life for the country, we are proud of him),” said Anshika.
According to Aarti, they will work hard and excel at their studies as per the desire of their father. She said her father could not persuade his higher studies due to poverty, but wanted them to do so.
A pall of gloom has descended on Sunil’s house as his wife and parents were inconsolable.
According to slain soldier’s inconsolable father Mathura Yadav, his son had promised him to celebrate this Dussehara at home with all family members, but God had something else stored for them.
Arti’s two younger sisters, Anshu (12), student of class six at DAV Cant, and Ashika, a kindergarten student, were simply inconsolable.
The soldier’s two-year-old brother was unaware of what had happened.