There can be no better feeling that living up to the dreams of your parents. And for those whose parents are no more, this emotion becomes all the more special and important. Anjum Saifi, a 29-year-old woman hailing from Muzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, must be experiencing this feeling as she succeeded in fulfilling the wish of her father who passed away when she was merely 4 years old.
In 1992, her father Rasheed Ahmad’s body was brought home bullet-riddled. All she was left with were hazy memories of her father hoping to see her as a judge some day. Twenty-five years later, Anjum Saifi has now passed the civil judge junior division exams by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.
She cried bitterly as the dream that her father had for her – his only daughter among five sons – had finally been accomplished.
Anjum’s father Rasheed Ahmad had dared to lead a protest and stood up against extortionists in the market where he operated his hardware shop. One day while goons were trying to siphon money from a hawker, he stepped into the matter and got shot in broad daylight.
At that time Anjum was too small to figure things out properly but she knew what her father’s dream for her was. She kept working towards achieving it since her childhood and finally made it come true despite all the hardships and challenges she faced. While speaking to The Times of India, she said:
“My father died fighting for what was right. He wanted to change things for the better but the prevalent system did not allow him. My only aim has been to uphold his values and keep people’s faith in righteousness intact.”
She added that she will use her power to make the change happen and not let her father’s sacrifice go in vain.
Anjum’s family members and neighborhood are celebrating ever since the result was declared. Her mother, Hamida Begum, said that throughout the day, Anjum kept telling everyone that she wished her father was there to see her achieve his dream. Hamida Begum further said:
“We had to even withdraw the case pertaining to his murder because our focus was to educate our children and not put their lives at risk. Today I am a content woman. The seed of values and principles that my husband had sown into my children has started yielding fruit.”
Anjum’s 40-year-old brother, the eldest male member of the family who had to step into his father’s shoes when he passed away, told Aaj Tak:
“The family went through a lot to see the realization of our dad’s dream. We faced unspeakable hardships all these years. It was a struggle at many fronts, monetary concerns were just a small part.”