Indore, Jun 27: For how long can you hide the news of parents' death from a five-year-old boy, who is still waiting to lie in the lap of his mother? Nobody has the answer. Some day soon, the truth will be out.
Five-year-old Abhijit has been waiting for his parents for the last 10 days, keeping a constant vigil at the door of his house in Jhalaria village near Indore.
His elder sister Surabhi knows their parents are no more, but they have kept this sad news from reaching the boy.
Abhijit's parents Bhagwan Singh Sisodia and Suman, left with a group of relatives on Char Dham yatra on June 3. For 13 days, they were in constant touch with their children over phone from Uttarakhand.
And then, on June 16 when they were at Kedarnath, disaster struck.
The relatives pooled resources to hire a helicopter to bring the pilgrims back, but Abhijit's parents were not there. The relatives who had gone with his parents said, the couple died in their laps in their hour of ordeal.
The relatives have performed a token funeral 'in absentia', but the news has been kept secret from Abhijit. For how long?
Says Abhijit: "I just want my mummy to come, so that I can lie down and sleep in her lap."