Last year in July, 55-year-old Malti Devi, a resident of Bahadurpur village in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli, was told by doctors in neighbouring Varanasi she had cancer. It was a shock that would have been too much to bear, but her son, 33-year-old Awadhesh Yadav, a soldier with the CRPF, told her not to lose hope. He promised to help her recover and get her the best possible treatment. Till February till year, Ms Devi underwent seven chemotherapy sessions and has been told by doctors she will need more. Ten days ago, her son visited home for 24 hours - he was returning from training in Jharkhand s capital Ranchi to his place of posting, Jammu and Kashmir. Before he left home, Mr Yadav told his mother he would visit her soon.