Kinoya knife attack victim Karishma Lal moved her hands yesterday although she was still unconscious, said mum Maya Wati.
It was the first time Ms Wati had seen a change since Ms Lal was admitted to the CWM Hospital in Suva last Saturday after she was allegedly knifed by her husband, Johit Prasad.
Ms Wati said: “She is still unconscious but when someone touches her, she moves her hands,” she said.
The change had given her and the family hope that Ms Lal would recover and talk to them.
The good news came on the eve of the cremation of Mr Prasad and children Tanvi, 5, and Jeralle Prasad, 3, at the Dignified Cremations, Nasinu.
Mr Prasad allegedly hanged the children before hanging himself at their Kaloa Street home, Kinoya.
Ms Lal, 30, is a financial manager at Rentokil Initial Fiji. Mr Prasad, 34, was the national sales manager for Rentokil.
Relatives held their condolence gathering at the family’s dream home yesterday before the final rites were performed.
Mr Prasad’s sister Hem Lata, 49, and brother in law, Dhrup Deo, 51, came from Waiqele, Labasa for the cremation.
Ms Lata said the news came as a shock to her because she just spoke to her brother on Thursday last week. She received a call about the tragedy at 8pm on Saturday.
“The incident has left all our families devastated,” she said.
“I never knew this could ever happen in our family.”
Mr Prasad had this dream of building a four-flat home and retiring at the age of 45 years and spending family time with his wife and two children.
Ms Lata said the couple took a bank loan of $500,000 to build their dream home.
The house is a big white concrete building with four flats to be rented and the family living on the ground floor. The ground floor has three bedrooms, one living room and kitchen with toilet and bathroom facilities.
The finishing work has not been done. Relatives had to spread mats and build a shed for the funeral service today.
The home was expected to be completed next month.
“He was so excited about this new home of theirs and we were all preparing for a prayer ceremony next month to bless the home after completion,” Ms Lata said.
“My brother was a caring man, helpful and hardworking and I don’t know what happened between the couple that such a tragedy happened.”
Mr Prasad had moved from Labasa after finishing his mechanical course from the Naleba training centre, in Labasa.
The two met in Rakiraki when Prasad was doing mechanical work. Ms Lal is originally from Rakiraki.
Their paths crossed and as destiny would have it, the two got to know each other and got married in 2005.
Source: Fiji Sunonline 30/07/2015