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Cold Cases: Vandhana Pritika Jeet, 16 Years On Family Still Hopes Daughter Is Alive

The man, Dip Chand is serving a life sentence for the murder of the three sisters whose bodies have not been found to date.
15 Mar 2019 10:30
Cold Cases: Vandhana Pritika Jeet, 16 Years On Family Still Hopes Daughter Is Alive
Vandhana Pritika Jeet

More than 16 years have passed and there is still no sighting of a girl who went missing after visiting her friend and schoolmate. Vandhana Pritika Jeet was 18 years old when she went missing from Naria, Rakiraki on October , 31, 2002.

She had gone to visit her friend, who was one of the three sisters who went missing in 2005 and were reportedly killed by the man they went with for a picnic.

The man, Dip Chand is serving a life sentence for the murder of the three sisters whose bodies have not been found to date.

Vandhana is the only person from Fiji who is on INTERPOL’s list of missing persons.

She did not return to her home in Madhuvani, Rakiraki on October 31, 2002 and her family reported her missing.

Her mother, Phul Kuar yesterday said that the family was still looking for her.

“We’ve basically gone all over Fiji to look for her based on whatever information that we received,” she said.

“But all the information turned out to be false and there is still no solid information on her whereabouts.”

Ms Kuar said Vandhana went missing a day before the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali.

Since her disappearance, the family has not celebrated the festival.

“There is nothing there for us to celebrate Diwali because my daughter is not with us,” she said.

“It’s always a bleak Diwali for us. We always remember her on that day the most. I don’t think that she has died and that’s why we haven’t done any final rites for her.”

Ms Kuar said Vandhana came in her dreams twice after her disappearance, telling her on both occasions that she was being held somewhere and was unable to escape.

She said she believes that her daughter has been a victim of human trafficking.

“She is my daughter and she was very bright in her studies and other activities,” she said.

“I love her a lot and I’ll keep searching for her until my last breath. We are requesting anyone with any information on her disappearance or if they know where she is to please help us find her.”

Ms Kuar said the family would pitch in to financially reward the person who gives the right information that would lead to Vandhana being found.

Vandhana will be around 35 years old now if still alive.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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