Yasmin Ansari, wife of Fahim Ansari who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in the 26/11 terror case, narrates the horrific 3-year journey when she ran from pillar to post to prove the innocence of her husband.
"The Supreme Court has upheld the decision. My husband is innocent and it has been proven without doubt," said Yasmin. Fahim was an accused in the 26/11 terror trial and was acquitted by the court in 2010.
When Fahim was arrested in the case, Yasmin faced an uphill task of appointing a defence lawyer for him. "I approached the best lawyers, but no one was willing to entertain my plea. Some refused to meet me, while others quoted gigantic sums of money as legal fee," recalls the 35-year-old housewife.
"One lawyer even told me to forget about my husband. 'He is gone' is what he said to me. That statement gave me nightmares for months." Unable to cope with the mounting pressure, Yasmin approached several organisations for help. "Everyone closed their doors on me. Then a well wisher suggested that I approach the Jamiat-Ulema-Maharashtra," said Yasmin.
“The president of the Jamiat Ulema Arshad Madani gave me an assurance that they would provide legal aide for my husband. The Jamiat arranged for lawyers who fought the trial in Mumbai, and later even in the High court and Supreme Court. I am grateful that the Jamiat helped me in a time when no one was willing to come forward,” said an emotional Yasmin.
While no lawyer was willing to accept the case, the late Shahid Azmi took up the mantle of defence lawyer for Fahim. It was his arguments in the trial court that paved the path for Fahim’s acquittal. “I am deeply indebted to Shahid Azmi for the work that he has done. I offer prayers for him everyday, and wish that more lawyers are inspired by him and come forward to help the innocent and oppressed,” she said.
Advocate Shahid Azmi was shot dead in his Kurla office on Feb 11, 2010. With her husband locked up behind bars for the last four years, Yasmin has had to fend for herself and her 10-year-old daughter. She has taken to sewing clothes at home to make ends meet and put her daughter through school. “I am waiting for the day my husband will be able to walk free, and we can restart our lives.”