(Names changed to protect identity)
“Please wait,” the uniformed officer said to her.
Anamika sat down, nodding. She was a thin and frail girl in her early 20s. She appeared gloomier in the dark grey sari she was wearing. It was evident from her face that that was her first encounter with the outside world.
She was here to enquire about her missing husband. He was one among the crew in the helicopter that crashed the previous year in the jungles of Karnataka. There were only two survivors. The other person was rescued after a search mission that lasted about a week.
Her husband, who had only minor injuries, was missing from the crash site. Presumably, he went to seek help from a nearby village.