"All responsibilities are on me now, says 16-year-old Zaid with all sincerity when we meet him in the aftermath of the Delhi riots in 2020. On 25 February, Zaid and his siblings' world crashed when their father, Aqil Ahmed (40) disappeared. His family searched for him and finally found him at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital -- he was dead, his body battered.
Aqil's 13-year-old daughter Roohin said, “I thought abbu would come back home. I miss him.” Apart from Roohin, Aqil is survived by his wife Zaira (35) and three other children - Zaid (16), Umar (8) and Sofia (4).