Heart-warming story of a bicycle man's desperate search for his missing wife
Tapeshwar Singh, the 40-year-old migrant from Bihar, left no stone unturned in finding his missing wife.
Meerut: Tapeshwar Singh, the 40-year-old migrant from Bihar, left no stone unturned in finding his missing wife.
Babita had gone missing in March.
On a bicycle with Babita's posters at both the ends of his vehicle, Singh rode to places to find his beloved wife.
The duo got married three years ago after Babita was abandoned by her relatives because of her infirmities at a dharamshala in Brajghat in which Singh had been staying.
However, Singh's life shattered the day Babita went missing.
The man from Bihar started looking for his wife despite invincible difficulties. According to The Times of India, Singh used to ride on his bicycle for hours without having money in his pocket and eating anything.
Earlier this year, Singh was told by some of his acquaintances that a pimp of Meerut had taken Babita to a red light area to be trafficked.
Eventually, Singh came to know that the pimp had brought Babita to be sold but could not due to his wife's mental condition.
The Uttar Pradesh Police lodged an FIR and promised help to Singh, However, it could not find Babita.
Months passed by, and Singh's belief that he would find his wife one day got firmer.
On November 2016, Singh found Babita sitting alone by the wayside in Haldwani.
Talking to the daily, Singh said: "I first rubbed my eyes in disbelief...she was covered just in tatters, but it was her. Her sight almost paralysed me. For eight months I had searched for her day and night. I spent every penny I had saved in the last decade on a journey that sometimes seemed futile. But there she was.”
Babita told the TOI that said she didn't really know how she ended up in Haldwani.
"I know she has a weak mental makeup and understand that it makes her more vulnerable to abuse," Singh told the daily. "That made me anxious, but also determined to find her. On Sunday, a man at Brajghat contacted me and said he thought he saw Babita begging in Haldwani. I immediately set out for Uttarakhand. I searched for her the entire day in Haldwani, but with little success. Quite late in the evening as I was wondering what to do next, I spotted her. We are going home now."