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‘I Hope She Wakes Up’

Widow Maya Wati, 60, is hopeful that her only daughter, Karishma Lal, would wake up and tell her what led to the incident that almost claimed Karishma’s life and took
27 Jul 2015 09:58
‘I Hope She Wakes Up’
An emotional Maya Wati (right) with daughter-in-law Sneh Lata. Photo: Aqela Susu

Widow Maya Wati, 60, is hopeful that her only daughter, Karishma Lal, would wake up and tell her what led to the incident that almost claimed Karishma’s life and took away her husband and children.

But after visiting her at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) yesterday, Ms Wati said only a miracle would save her daughter.

“When I went to see her today she can’t talk back to me. She is on life-support. I can tell that her condition is really bad. Her head is swollen so much because I believe the knife went deep into her head,” she said.

Ms Lal, 30, a financial manager at Rentokil Initial Fiji, was allegedly knifed last Saturday morning by her late husband, Johit Prasad, 34, who was the national sales manager for Rentokil.

Their two children, Jeralle Ishav, 3, and Tanvi Prasad, 5, were allegedly hanged to death by their father before he committed suicide at their home in Kaloa Street, Kinoya.

Ms Wati was still in shock when she shared her story.

“I can’t believe what my son-in-law has done because they were always seen together as a happy family,” she said.

This, she said, was what she even witnessed on the eve of their deaths.

“I last met all of them when my daughter and her husband came home to pick my grandchildren up last Friday night.

“They were supposed to come back home on Saturday so I can take my grandchildren to town but they didn’t turn up.”

An emotional Ms Wati said she was calling her daughter’s phone on the day of the incident, but no one answered.

She then took a taxi to their Kinoya home only to find a large crowd outside.

“I thought a robbery had taken place at their home. A lady came to me and told me what happened, I suddenly became unconscious and fell.”

Ms Wati said her daughter never shared any domestic problems with her.

“I still can’t believe it. I only wish my daughter had told me what she was going through so I can advise her what they could do to prevent all these from happening,” she said crying.

When the Fiji Sun caught up with the family yesterday, family members packed the entrance to the CWM Hospital.

A close relative, who wished not to be named, said an executive from Rentokil Initial Fiji had visited Ms Lal at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

She said he had told relatives at the hospital that he had received an email from Mr Prasad at around 8.30am on Saturday morning stating that he had killed his wife and two children and everything was over now.

“He also told us that last Friday after work Johit had gone to him and told him that by Monday everything will be fine when he comes to work,” the relative said.

“The executive did not say anything about the couple having any sort of domestic problems or even showing any signs of it at work.”

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said while investigations were continuing, they were also hopeful for the quick recovery of Ms Lal.

He confirmed that a post-mortem examination will be conducted today for the three deceased.

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