As shown in Kaafir, Vedant sees footage of a girl walking to school with a guarded officer and gets suspicious. His investigation leads him to the jail where the little one Seher has been staying with her Pakistani mother Kainaaz. Vedant is being asked by his boss to submit a human interest story for the channel. After requesting the jail officer, he is allowed a meeting with Kainaaz where he hears her story. However, in reality, Sawhney only met Shehnaz after her first deportation had failed.
“Mobin, Shehnaz’s daughter, was being raised in the same prison cell as her mother. For the first time, this matter came to my notice during the first deportation. When the daughter-mother were brought to the Wagah border, the negotiations started at the table and J&K police handed them both over to Pakistani officials. But they said there is only one person’s name in the list, the child is Indian and mother is Pakistani. They said you hand over the Pakistani citizen to us and keep the Indian with you. The deportation failed because the mother refused to leave behind her daughter and go to Pakistan. She preferred being in jail for her child. After the deportation failed, this thing came to my notice the next day. Normally, such matters are published in newspapers. I had published it too in my legal journal Journey Line. I was sensitive after publishing the story, as a lawyer, as to why the deportation failed. Shehnaz and her child were sent back to Amphala jail,” narrates Sawhney.
Adding further, “My son Aseem Sawhney, an advocate then now an additional advocate general, accompanied me to the jail. We requested the jail superintendent and asked why the child had to be left behind and Shehnaz couldn’t take her to Pakistan. I then asked them to show me the place where the child was born and also where Shehnaz was being put then. As a lawyer, when I first looked at that child, wo aese haath bahar nikal rahi thi jaise zoo mein bandar ko hum kuch dete hai aur wo aata hai bhaag ke. I was so moved, I told the authorities there that this child is a jailbird, why are you raising her this way? It is inhuman. I couldn’t control myself, I told the superintendent of jail that this child could be kept unlocked, she should be playing in a playground and not be behind the bars. I met Shehnaz and told her that I’d like to take her case pro-bono. I took the vakalatnama after she agreed. I asked her why she didn’t try to get out earlier, ‘she said I am uneducated, what will I do after coming out, who will feed me? She asked me that how will she take care of her daughter, how wills he feed herself and her child and moreover, how will she send her girl to school? We then published the story that she is a jailbird. We filed a petition in the J&K High Court and told them that the lady and her daughter are being kept beyond the sentence. The order to detain her further was quashed.”