This time, August 15 arrived with double the joyness as the day witness two celebrations together – Independence day and Rakshabandhan. While everybody across the nation celebrated the day in their own way, Raju Bai from Madhya Pradesh lived the real sense of the both festivals falling together.
Creating a heart-toughing moment for all to take inspiration from, a group of young villagers replaced an old hut with a pucca house (Concrete house) and gifted it to Raju Bai – wife of the soldier who had died in a terrorist attack in December 1992.
Havaldar Mohan Singh Suner, a resident of Pir Pipliya village in Depalpur district, was one of three soldiers killed in an ambush near Dalpatipara in South Tripura district in the North East, leaving behind a wife, Raju Bai, and two children.
Last year, Raju Bai tied Rakhi to her neighbours on which, the youth pledged to end her woes by replacing the old hut with a new house. Subsequently, an initiative One Cheque One Sign for Shaheed Mission was started with the target of collecting Rs. 11 lakh .
Raju Bai and her children have lived in their mud home for the past 27 years, surviving on a meagre government pension of Rs. 700 per month. On the occasion of Raksha-Bandhan, the new brothers reportedly laid their palms for Raju Bai to walk into her new home.