Nirmal Kaur, Subedar Asa Singh's wife, lives with her daughters in Nanakpur in the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir.
Subedar Singh was posted in the Chhamb sector in 1971. Angered by the taunts of Pakistani soldiers, he blew up bridges to prevent their advance. He was arrested by enemy soldiers and forced to speak on Pakistan Radio to prove to the Indians that they had him alive.
"A man from Jammu district was recently released from a Pakistan jail," says Nirmal Kaur. "He told me my husband was alive, held at a jail in Multan. Life without him is difficult, but we carry on. He is close to 65 now. What is the point of keeping an old man in jail? I am disappointed with the Government of India because nothing is being done," she says angrily.
Subedar Asa Singh's wife Nirmal Kaur (centre)
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