I’ve Forgiven Him

Karishma Lal says she has forgiven her husband who tried to kill her, hanged their two children before he took his own life last year. Ms Lal, the sole survivor
08 May 2016 10:35
I’ve Forgiven Him
1.Karishma Lal with her mother, Maya Wati, and a family picture yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai 2.The original crime scene when the attack took place last July. Photo: Ronald Kumar INSET: Karishma Lal pictured with husband Johit Prasad; Young Jeralle Ishav, 3, and Tanvi Prasad, 5, who were also victims of the attack

Karishma Lal says she has forgiven her husband who tried to kill her, hanged their two children before he took his own life last year.

Ms Lal, the sole survivor of that horrific Kinoya tragedy,  spoke out publicly for the first time yesterday.

“I do not know the reason or the intention of my husband’s actions that day. It was such a heartless act and even to the extent of taking my two children’s lives,” Ms Lal said.

“But I have forgiven him although I am still trying my best to get my life back together.” It has brought closure about the incident to her life.

At this time last year she was celebrating Mother’s Day at their Kaloa St home, Kinoya, with husband Johit Prasad and

children Jeralle Ishav, 3 and Tanvi Prasad, 5.

But today only her mother, Maya Wati, will be beside her.

“I miss my children as they were my world and my everything,” she said.

“I am blessed to have a mother who cared and looked after me well and have inspired me every day to get back up and continue with my life.”

She carries the scar of that brutal knife attack on her head.  For weeks she was unconscious at the CWM Hospital in Suva drifting between life and death. When she regained consciousness she had to undergo rehabilitation in her body functions like speaking. After four months in hospital, she returned to the same home. The  house, which was being renovated, at the time of the tragedy, remains in the same state.

Yesterday, Ms Lal struggled to speak and took long pauses. She gestured that she was grateful to be alive.

Ms Lal was an assistant accountant at Rentokil Initial Fiji. Her husband was  the national sales manager for the company.

Resilient Ms Lal said despite her medical condition, she planned to look for a new job and have a fresh start.

Her mother, Ms Wati could not control her tears as she recalled the tragic incident and the impact it had on her daughter.

“I remember last year, Johit picked me up. We prepared to make lovo. My grandchildren were so happy and playing around.

“Today I cannot hear their voices anymore. I do not see them anymore. It hurts me inside.”

She said her families’ support and prayers had carried them through.

“We do not feel like celebrating any occasion anymore, I see my daughter cry for her children and as a mother I understand what she is feeling,” she said.

“Today I know since its Mother’s Day, she will be grieving for her children because she loved her children very much and the children loved her even more.”

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki


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