‘My daughters are determined to bring alive their father’s dream’, says wife of soldier martyred in Uri terror attack

Patna: About three years back when her soldier husband Naik Sunil Kumar Vidyarthi died in a terror attack on an Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, Kiran Devi had lost all hopes about her future. Now her hopes have been rekindled by her three daughters.

Aarti Kumari, Anshu Kumari and Anshika Kumari have performed extremely well in their Class 10, 8 and 4 exams this year, paying a real homage to their father.

Aarti, 16, secured 92.4 percent marks in Class 10 exams. She was a student of DAV School in Gaya.

Anshu, 14, got 93 percent in Class 8 and Anshika, 10, secured 99 percent in her Class 4 exams.

Her only son Aryan Raj is a student of Lower Kindergarten (LKG). He was a toddler when Vidhyarthi died in terror attack. She has been looking after her children single-handedly since her husband was killed.

35-year-old Kiran now has only one purpose in life: to educate her children well and make them self-reliant.

“They must lead a life full of dignity and honour. It was what my husband wanted for them. Their happiness is my happiness.”

“I am proud of my daughters who are doing so well in studies, which is more than I had hoped. They have paid the real tribute to their martyr father,” she said.

“They will fulfil his dream to become educated human beings who will make a difference in their own and others’ lives,” she added.

Naik Vidyarthi was a resident of Baknauri village in Gaya. He had joined the Army in 1998. He was one of three soldiers from Bihar who were killed in Uri.

She admits life has not been smooth or easy for her in the absence of Vidyarthi.

Kiran says: “I hold my head high, thanks to my daughters. I was depressed after I lost my husband.”

She says further: “I had no hope left but my daughters have brought a new ray of inspiration into my life. They are hardworking and determined. They want to do well, make their father proud — bring alive his dreams,” Kiran Devi said.

She did not forget to admit that all this was possible due to the help by Sarvesh Tiwari, a social activist who runs an organisation in Delhi.

Tiwari, originally hailing from a village in East Champaran district, was moved by the killing of soldiers in the Uri attack and had announced to fund the education of Vidyarthi’s three daughters.

“Tiwariji came forward at a time to support help and help me educate my daughters when I felt all was lost. He was God sent. A helping hand for us. If today my daughters have made me and others proud, all credit goes to Tiwariji,” said Kiran.

Tiwari has handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to her for the children’s education.