MUR­DER VIC­TIM PON­DERS FU­TURE OF GRAND­KIDS

‘Now all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of these young chil­dren are on me and I am won­der­ing what can I do for them in my old age’

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHALVEEN CHAND LABASA Edited by Percy Kean Feed­back: [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

The fa­ther of a woman mur­dered at Navoalevu, Wainikoro in Labasa is now pon­der­ing on the fu­ture of his grand­chil­dren.

Naren­dra Prasad’s daugh­ter, Saleshni Devi, also known as Pinky, was al­legedly mur­dered by a man on Wed­nes­day night.

The cou­ple had sep­a­rated two months ago and Pinky had moved into her par­ents’ place in Navoalevu.

She left be­hind three chil­dren.

Mr Prasad’s son passed away last year and he has been look­ing af­ter his daugh­ter-in-law and grand­son. For the past two months he has been look­ing af­ter three more grand­chil­dren.

“I don’t have a farm and have been sur­viv­ing on social wel­fare as­sis­tance,” the 67-year-old said.

“I also get as­sisted by my other son but that is not much. Now all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of these young chil­dren are on me and I am won­der­ing what can I do for them in my old age.

“My daugh­ter has been taken away from me. As a par­ent, the hard­est thing one can do is wit­ness the funeral of one’s child.”

Pinky’s el­dest is a Year Six stu­dent while the sec­ond is in Year Four.

Mr Prasad is fear­ful the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion will be affected.

He is also mind­ful of the trauma the chil­dren are go­ing through. He is most wor­ried that the youngest, a two-year-old, had wit­nessed the al­leged in­ci­dent. “She saw the attack on her mother. I can­not fathom what is go­ing through her lit­tle head,” Mr Prasad said.

The fam­ily is hop­ing that the post mortem is con­ducted at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble so they can make funeral ar­range­ments. Mean­while, the al­leged mur­der suspect re­mains in cus­tody at the Labasa Police Station. No charges have been laid yet.

They have given ev­ery­thing for the church serv­ing the Lord, so at least at the end of the day we want to say here is some­thing for your re­tire­ment or for the pas­tor.

Photo: Shalveen Chand

Naren­dra Prasad (from left) with his grand­chil­dren and wife at Wainikoro, Labasa. IN­SET: Saleshni Devi “Pinky”.

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