Anni’s parents try to find solace in prayer

2011-03-05 17:13

Choking back tears, Anni Dewani’s mother this week begged her son-in-law, Shrien Dewani, to return to South Africa and face his accusers.Nilam Hindocha (49) urged ­Dewani to help the family find ­closure after Anni’s cold-blooded murder in the early hours of ­November 14 last year.

She finally broke her silence about her daughter’s death shortly before a ceremony at a Hindu temple on the Cape Flats this week.“Shrien, I beg you for the love of Anni to liberate us all from this ­torture,” she said.

“Please come and tell everything you know. Please do this in the name of love and in honour of the kind and beautiful girl who was your wife and who will forever be my adored daughter.”Nilam had intended to make her appeal to Dewani after a cleansing prayer ceremony at the spot where her daughter’s body was found in Khayelitsha.

After the ceremony, during which she laid a wreath of white roses, she could not however find the strength to read a statement she had prepared.“I have come here to pay tribute to my beautiful daughter, Anni.

I wish to thank the South African people for their kindness and support and the authorities for their professional work. “But as a mother I cannot rest and my grief remains raw because the case goes on and on.

“I speak for myself, my family and, I believe, maybe also for ­Shrien’s family,” she said in the statement which was released later.At the Vishnu Temple in Rylands Estate, where a special Hindu ceremony was held for her daugher, ­Nilam said: “Today was very difficult... very difficult. But it was good to see where it happened and to have a ceremony.

It was good to do something for Anni.”Nilam said she had initially been “very reluctant” to come to South Africa – and then to embark on the pilgrimage once here.

The ordeal was cancelled three times during the Hindochas’ week-long stay, before Nilam finally found the strength to do it. “I didn’t want to do it, but I’m glad I came.

The people are very nice and very helpful. “I feel very sad now. It was very difficult seeing the last moments of Anni’s life.”

Nilam and her husband, Vinod, arrived in South Africa just over a week ago. Within hours they had sat in the front row of the public gallery at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, just behind the dock where Xolile ­Mngeni (23) and Mziwamadoda Qwabe sat as they appeared in ­connection with Anni’s death.

The couple listened intently as the accused pair were remanded in custody until June 1.Then on Friday the couple set out to follow their daughter’s last journey.

It began at the Strand restaurant where Anni sat down to eat her last meal with her new husband.

Inside the restaurant, the Hindochas stood silently, staring at the table where their daughter had sat.

From there they were driven along the route the couple would have followed in their taxi.

Earlier, before their journey ­retracing Anni’s final hours, her ­father spoke about Shrien’s absence.

“Shrien should have been with us,” he said. “He is talking about his health, his this, his that...he is just talking about himself. “But Shrien has not reached out once since the fourth of December, when I flew out here (to Cape Town) for the second time.“To be frank, if it was my son I would tell him, ring your father-in-law and say, let’s sort it out together.

I would tell him to grieve with his in-laws.”

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