She added that it was not easy to confirm when the 39 Indians were killed.
All hell broke loose in the Parliament today when Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, announced the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. "We were always told us that they (39 Indians) were alive", Kaur said, adding that "we don't demand anything from the government". "Now we have nothing left in our lives as the even the false hope is not there", Kawaljit's mother, Mahinder Kaur told The Statesman over phone from her village Roopawali in Batala area of Gurdaspur.
The minister said that she was satisfied that she had stated that the Government would declare them dead only on the day it gets concrete evidence.
Speaking to ThePrint in July a year ago, when minister of state for external affairs Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh had gone to Iraq to look for the missing Indians, Anita had said: "Any time now, I will be getting a phone call that my husband has been found". Swaraj has notably been assuring the kins of victims that they are alive despite Harjit Masih's claims that his compatriots were shot in the head in front of his eyes.
India will send a special plane to bring the bodies home, said Swaraj.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said the Congress was indulging in "cheap politics" by disrupting proceedings in the Lok Sabha when she was to make a statement on the deaths of 39 Indians in Iraq.
"Why did she keep saying they're alive and she'll bring them back?"
Sushma said the bodies of all but one had been identified with the help of DNA samples collected last year and early this year from the relatives of the missing Indians.
"With full proof I can say these 39 are dead", the minister said.
Hitting out at the government over the issue, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, "Giving falsehood to people is actually cruel and suggests a certain level of lack of transparency on part of the government".
On Tuesday, Swaraj said Masih had lied.
"It is very much possible that the claim made by them now is also wrong", he said. He also said the workers had been in phone contact with their families and the Indian embassy in Baghdad in the days before their execution.
Of the 39 deceased, 27 are from Punjab, six are from Bihar, four from Himachal Pradesh and two from West Bengal.