Fourteen days after baby Vivaan’s death, Captain Sunil James’ family waits for the father to come back and see his son for the last time.
Seeing no sign Sunil’s return, the Association of Seafarers joined hands with the James family with the and marched from Marine Drive to the National Centre for the Performing Arts at Nariman Point on Saturday evening.
Sunil and two others have been under arrest in Togo since July 2013 on the charge of aiding pirates loot the Marshall Islands’ MT Ocean Centurion.
The sailor’s family had approached the Togo government to let him travel to India for his son’s funeral, but nothing has come out of it yet.
“Even though four days have passed since we met with the prime minister, there hasn’t been a specific declaration as to when Sunil will come back. With the support of so many people, I am hopeful that our cause and crisis will be understood,” said Aditi James, wife of the imprisoned sailor.
Constantly hoping for a positive update from the PMO Joint Secretary, Jawed Ashraf, or mission officials in Togo, the family continues to remain hopeful and fight for justice.
Atul Sharma, Aditi’s uncle said, “If a problem cannot be solved after approaching the highest authority in the country, we are at loss. If it takes so long to deal with Togo, how is the country ever going to deal with larger countries?”
As deceased Vivaan’s body lies at Cooper Hospital, Andheri, his teary eyed grandmother Nirmala Rao expressed her agitation towards the situation.
She said, “Even days after the incident, the only status known to us is that the government is ‘trying’. We as common people are trying, and if the government is also trying, I wonder what’s the difference left between the masses and the ministry.”