A dedicated teacher, a brave government critic, a human rights activist – read how Kavita Karkare was much more than just a martyr’s widow. She fought for the truth and helped the families of constables and lower rank police officers to get their due from the government. A strong public speaker and a compassionate listener, here is why the whole country is mourning the death of this amazing soul.
Kavita Karkare, widow of former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare who was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, died on September 29 after suffering from brain hemorrhage. She was taken to Hinduja Hospital on Saturday in a critical condition when she fell into a coma and later succumbed to the illness. Her last rites were performed at Worli in South Mumbai on Tuesday.
A life saver
A woman of substance, Kavita, who always stood for what she believed was right, gave life to others even after dying. Her children donated her organs to three beneficiaries, giving them hope for a new lease of life.
One of her kidneys went to a man who was surviving on dialysis for over 10 years. The other kidney was given to a 59-year old patient who had been waiting for a transplant for over seven years. She also donated her liver to a patient and her eyes were donated to Parel’s Haji Bachooali Eye Bank.
A graceful woman, Kavita did not play the role of a tragic widow. She was much more than that, which is why the whole country is mourning her loss. She had been actively fighting for the compensatory rights to the families of constabulary and ranks.
When her husband died in the unfortunate attack which killed 166 people and injured more than 300, Kavita’s family was promised a “martyrs pension”. But even after several reminders and visits, they received only the regular “family pension”. Finally, she asked the officials to spend this money on police welfare.