Happy endings are real, and this incredible feat of a daily-wage worker from Meerut gives evidence of their existence.
Forty-year-old Tapeshwar Singh started the search for his missing wife about eight months ago. He went from place to place on his rickety bicycle and eventually found her — all thanks to his dedicated effort and unending hope.
Tapeshwar met his wife Babita at a dharamshala in Brijghat, UP, and their lives changed for good. Babita’s family had abandoned her there about four years ago, because of her mental condition. Tapeshwar used to take up odd jobs to make ends meet for the both of them and everything was fine until one day in March this year when Babita went missing.
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The grief-stricken Tapeshwar started looking for her. All he had was a bicycle and meagre savings, but that didn’t stop him. He travelled extensively on his bicycle, carrying and distributing posters with her picture, and inquiring about her whereabouts. He also had to go without food and water for some days.
After months of a seemingly endless and futile search, an acquaintance informed him that a pimp had taken Babita to a red light area for trafficking, but couldn’t go ahead with it because of her mental condition. Tapeshwar then visited several brothels in the area and even filed an FIR.
On November 13, he received a call from a person informing that he had seen Babita begging in Haridwar. He immediately rushed there and found his wife. She was looking lost and wearing torn and tattered clothes.
“I know she has a weak mental makeup and understand that it makes her more vulnerable to abuse and that made me anxious, but also determined to find her,” he told TOI.