Anni's mom 'feels sorry' for Shrien Dewani

2013-07-08 10:43
Anni Dewani's mother Nilam Hindocha. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

Anni Dewani's mother Nilam Hindocha. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

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Cape Town - Anni Dewani's mother, Nilam Hindocha, has spoken for the first time about her daughter's death, saying she feels sorry for her son-in-law Shrien Dewani, who is accused of masterminding the murder.

The Daily Mail reported that Hindocha, 62, travelled from her home in Sweden to London last week for Dewani's extradition hearing, despite the effects of her long battle with cancer.

She said she is driven by a desperate need to know what really happened to her daughter, and that she can sympathise with Dewani's plight.

'His life is broken forever'

"I feel sorry for Shrien. He is my son-in-law and he is as ruined by this as we are. He is ill, and I have sympathy with him. His life is broken forever," she said.

"But he will get the chance to get better. What about my Anni? What about her life?

"I believed Shrien was truly in love with my daughter. I just need him to tell me what happened. If he cannot, I will never, ever get over this. I’ve lost my beautiful daughter. Unless he tells me the whole story - this stress is killing me."

According to the report, there is no communication between the Dewani and Hindocha families, despite a 40-year friendship between the families, which led to Shrien and Anni's marriage in India in 2010.

Hindocha also said she found the circumstances of her daughter's death strange. Anni was shot dead in an apparent hijacking in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

"Shrien knew that area was not good. No one really goes there at night. They were staying in Cape Grace Hotel and she would have loved the nightlife around there. She would never have recommended they go to Gugulethu in the middle of the night."

Stress

Hindocha was treated for cancer of the uterus and is now clear of cancer, but the side-effects still affect her, according to the report.

"The doctors say she should not have any stress. But every day is a stress for her with this case. Shrien’s lawyer is always saying, 'his health, his health, his health'. Has she thought of our health?" her husband Vinod Hindocha said.

The extradition case continues in a London court this week.

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