26/11 baby`s family left in lurch

Parents of two-year-old Goli, who was born amidst a hail of bullets at the Cama Hospital on the night of November 26, 2008 when terrorists struck Mumbai, are having a tough time arranging funds to rebuild their house.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 14:57 PM IST

Mumbai: Parents of two-year-old Goli, who
was born amidst a hail of bullets at the Cama Hospital on the
night of November 26, 2008 when terrorists struck Mumbai, are
having a tough time arranging funds to rebuild their house,
which collapsed due to heavy rains last week.

"Due to heavy rains last Monday, the wall of our house
in Cuffe Parade collapsed. I am not in a position to take
loan. So I am banking on my family and friends for money,"
Goli`s father Shyamu Chavan said.

Shyamu, a dock worker at Sassoon Docks, earning about
Rs 3,000-3500 per month, is the sole breadwinner of the
family. "I don`t know how I will arrange Rs one lakh to
rebuild the house," he said.

"The repair work has started and will get over soon.

We are now living at our sister-in-law`s house," Shyamu said.

As a result, Tejaswini, who is popularly known as
`Goli` (Bullet), may not be able to celebrate her birthday
this year. "We are left in the lurch and are not thinking
about any birthday celebrations," Shyamu said.

Viju, mother of Goli, had gone into labour at Cama
Hospital on November 26 amidst gunfire when Pakistani gunman
Ajmal Amir Kasab and accomplice Abu Ismael held the hospital
under siege and were firing indiscriminately.

PTI