Recently, the brother of martyred IAF pilot, Sameer Abrol, shone light on the cyclical nature of the death of test pilots in India through a heart-wrenching poem. It was shared by many as a sign of standing by the grieving family. And now, Sameer’s wife, Garima Abrol has spoken up to question the Government’s stand regarding this incident.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol’s wife, Garima Abrol talked about their relationship and questioned the system that keeps taking lives.
Here’s what she wrote:
“I am Garima Abrol…..I am the wife of Martyr Squadron Leader Samir Abrol….whose tears are still not dry…It still hasn’t sunk in that you are gone. No one has the answer to my questions. Why YOU ?
My husband was a proud Indian and I loved sending him off to serve the nation with a morning cup of tea and a head held high.
Every soldier’s wife’s biggest fear in life is when her husband would be called to the front line and serve in an active war. I too had this fear. Many a times I woke up crying after having one such bad dream…But Samir would hold me, console me and tell me…that is the ultimate purpose of his job…to be able to serve our nation when the call comes…He wanted me to be brave, as that’s what he was, a brave soldier, patriot to the core.
Such is the job of a soldier…it does not bring you fame…no one cries when you leave but the family…It does not make you a celebrity…the media covers it for a day and drops it just like they have done for the pilots who have met the same untimely fate before Samir…Then everyone forgets about it.
How many more of these pilots have to give up their life to shake you up and make you realise there is something really wrong in the system?
A pilot is not made in a day, it takes a decade of training for their souls to get molded for the job…How many fighters have to give up their life for you to wake up?
I do not want any other sister of the Armed Force family to suffer the pain that I am going through. Words can’t describe how painful it is out here alone without my better half, my BATMAN.
I need answers…
Whilst its just another story and incident for some, i will keep fighting for the cause that took you away from me.”
The post was shared by journalist Shiv Aroor on Twitter and netizens backed up her sentiments, whilst sending her love and support during these hard times.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 11, 2019
Heart wrenching 😶😶 https://t.co/d1SzvRUw19
— 𝙈𝙖𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙧𝙖 𝙎𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙝 𝙆𝙖𝙠𝙧𝙖𝙣 (@mahi032) February 10, 2019
It broke my heart .. can't even imagine the pain a soldiers family goes through 🙏 wake up govt. Before it's too late https://t.co/C8JLQVGkDG
— Reader (@Reader02674693) February 10, 2019
It is hard to accept your absence now onwards. We will miss you Sqn Ldr Samir Abrol, Indian Air Force. May your soul will be in peace forever. https://t.co/i104vKe7Bn
— Ravi Mishra (@raviauh) February 10, 2019
We all have failed them . https://t.co/urJRsZAMUQ
— ThanosThata (@ThanosThata) February 10, 2019
Heart rending unmitigating saga of sufferings of a widow of Martyr Squadron Leader Sami Abrol killed in Mirage crash should stir our collective national soul towards permanent solution for providing our valorous armed forces state of the art weapon systems rising above politics! https://t.co/Rp8vuJBNR9
— MOHD Yahya Ansari (@MOHDYahyaAnsar3) February 10, 2019
Diplomatic decisions between countries are made by politicians, and they never seem to be able to end wars and the need for these brave men to jump into death machines. So, maybe from now onward, they should accompany them into the battlefield or these deadly test flights. At least that’ll urge them to get the best equipment because their lives would be on the line then as well.