After Gurmehar Kaur, 12-year-old Vismaya, daughter of slain Santosh Kumar, has a question that needs an answer: ‘Why did you kill my father?’

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 12:56 PM

This heart-wrenching video of Vismaya, the 12-year-old daughter of Santosh Kumar who was allegedly killed by Left, is going viral on social media.

Vismaya holds up a placard, just as Gurmehar Kaur had done, and it is nothing less than heartwrenching to watch what she has to say.

This heart-wrenching video of Vismaya, the 12-year-old daughter of Santosh Kumar who was allegedly killed by Left, is going viral on social media. Her question is, “Why did you kill my father?” She is yet to receive an answer. This question is perhaps not just about Vismaya but poses a larger question as to the grim reality faced by families of those whose loved ones have been slain in Kannur in the name of ‘vendetta politics.’

Coming back to 12 year old Vismaya, a class 8 student in Kannur, she holds up a placard, just as we saw Gurmehar Kaur had done, and it is nothing less than heartwrenching to watch what she has to say.

‘My name is Vismaya. 12 year old. I am a class 8 student. I dream of becoming an IPS officer to serve my poor villagers. My father wanted to fulfil my dreams. His only mistake was he supported RSS and BJP. I see only darkness in my future. They murdered not just my dad but my dreams and future. I see only darkness, a complete darkness. I am not yet answered why they killed my father.”

Political killings are not new to Left-ruled Kerala. Kannur is fast becoming the hub of political vendetta and hackings, particularly in the last one year.

From lush green to deep red, Kerala’s landscape is turning red, the colour of blood of slain bodies of political workers. The battle is turning uglier every day but there seems to be no escape for the families of the slain workers. Their future, as Vismaya said, ”looks completely dark.”

This is not the time for another round of political blame game. It is a time to introspect because you have a 12-year-old girl who sees only ”darkness” when she thinks about her future. Do we want to pave the way for more sons and daughters to anticipate only ”darkness” in their future?

Can we – as an inclusive society and a democracy – help those like Vismaya to tread beyond this phase of political darkness so that they can finally hope for a ray of light?

Gurmehar Kaur received astounding support on social media and from influencers including leaders of different political parties, but what about this 12-year-old girl who has just one question that needs to be answered honestly: ”Why did you kill my father?”

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