Feeroza

 

FEEROZA [27] at the time of the disaster lived in Gali no. 1, behind the police station in Shahajahanabad. She is one of three sisters, the others being Firdous (24) and Afroze (22).

The three sisters lost their father Munney Khan of his injuries within a few months of the disaster. Their mom was already dead. Dad was a bidi salesman doing well in his profession. They had their own house. After Dad died they only had their grandma. Grandma used to be always worried that she would die before ]getting the girls married. [She died in '93]. So Feeroza was married when she was fourteen.

Grandma and Feeroza used to roll bidis to run the household.

To get their one hundred thousand rupees compensation for their father's death they had to pay a lawyer twenty thousand.

All three sisters remain sick. All three have been told by their doctor
that their lungs are damaged. All have chest pain.

Feeroza had gone to the Gas Relief Collector and applied for a loan six
months ago to start a hardware shop with her husband who is a
painter. He too is badly affected and unable to do physical work. But at the Collector's office they asked Feeroza to present a 'below poverty line' card. Her husband's family had such a card but due to an error
committed by some clerk her father-in-law's name was written as Sheikh Sharif instead of Sheikh Shafiq. so she could not get the loan.