Sushma shines yet again, helps Karnal boy get visa for father’s cremation


Sarita Takru, a resident of Karnal, was under grief due to the sudden demise of her husband, but she is thankful to Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, whose timely intervention via Twitter helped her only son Abhai Kaul, settled in the US, to attend the cremation of his father.

“My son got his visa. I am really thankful to Union minister Sushma Swaraj whose intervention helped my son in getting the visa to have the last glimpse of his father,” Sarita told Hindustan Times.

After her husband’s death on October 10, she had tweeted, “My son awaits Indian visa from the US. Pl help. Father awaiting cremation.”

As she did not get a response, she tweeted again, “This dreadful wait must end. Please give my son Indian visa in the US so his father may be cremated. Please support. Need empathy”.

The next day, she posted another tweet, “Ma’m pl pl do something. Son needs be home for father’s cremation.”

A few hours after this tweet, she got a reply from Swaraj on Twitter, saying, “I am sorry to know about the sad demise of your husband. Just wait. I will help you.”

In another tweet, the Union minister asked her for the details of her son and said she would contact him. Then she tweeted again, “Our Embassy has contacted your son in the US. He should submit his application and collect visa from our Consulate in Chicago”.

Later, Swaraj tweeted,”Our Embassy in the US is closed for Vijaya Dashmi and Moharram. I have sent a message. We will open the Embassy and give a visa to your son.”

Sarita, who runs a playway school in Karnal, said the body of her husband had been kept at their house and he would be cremated when Abhai would reach on Friday morning.