On the fateful day, Mohammad left home at 7 p.m., his usual time. He did not return the next day, but the news of his death in a blast inside the taxi he drove did. November 26 claimed the lives of many others, who left behind grieving wives, daughters and sons, parents and friends. The 26/11 terror attack not only shook Mumbai but the entire country and changed the course of history.
Momima is illiterate. Mohammad, who was the sole breadwinner in the family, had no savings. Without income, Momima struggled to put food on the table and pay the monthly rent of Rs. 1,600 for her kholi (home). Fate had thrust another responsibility on her. Momima’s fourth son, Harhaan, was born a few months after Mohammad’s death. She knew the Rs.5 lakh compensation given by the government would run out soon.
The Taj Public Service Welfare Trust, set up days after the 26/11 attacks, came to her rescue. The trust has been giving her Rs.10,000 a month for the last seven months. “I have no idea what the future has in store for me. But for this support from the trust, I would have killed myself,” Momima tells THE WEEK.
In addition to providing the money, the trust has also taken up the responsibility of funding her children’s education, for which she is grateful. “The fee is directly deposited in the school,” she says. “I was offered a job by the trust but I could not go as there was nobody to look after my children.” [Unquote]