Pune: It was one of the most emotional moments in the life of three long-lost siblings. The reunion happened after almost eight years. The siblings, two brothers and a sister, had almost lost hope that they would ever meet again till Rajya Sabha member Vandana Chavan arranged their reunion at the Sassoon General Hospital on Friday morning.
The two brothers Tushar and Dinesh (names changed to protect identity), who have been bed-ridden for a long time. They have been diagnosed with a genetic disorder, in which the body muscles get weakened. The person’s condition deteriorates progressively. Their sister Mitali had seen the brothers eight years ago when they were admitted to the government remand home in Pune as orphans while she herself was shifted to a remand home in Raigad.
Meanwhile, the brothers landed in an old age home in Pune. After spending some time there, they were finally shifted to a private children’s home in Manchar. The operator of the home is looking after the bed-ridden brothers.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Vandana Chavan said, “On the instructions of the Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, I visited the children’s homes in Pune to understand their problems. During one such visit, I met these two young bed-ridden but highly intelligent siblings. I came to know that they have a sister in a children’s home in Raigad and they have not met each other for the past eight years.”
“When Tushar and Dinesh have separated from their sister eight years ago, their age was seven years and six years, respectively. Their sister Mitali was eight years old,” Chavan said.
City NCP leader Rupali Chakankar, who also played a role in organising the reunion of the siblings, was present. She said Mitali tied rakhis to Tushar and Dinesh to celebrate Raksha Bandhan and after promising each other to live together in the future, the brothers said goodbye to their sister.