Mariestad (Sweden), Oct.9 (ANI): The mother of Brit-Indian Anni Dewani, who was shot dead while on her honeymoon with husband Shrien Dewani last November, has said that she can't rest until she finds out who was responsible for her daughter's murder and ensure that theguilty are punished.
Anni was apparently a victim of car-jacking in the impoverished Gugulethu Township located on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.
And today, 59-year-old Nilam Hindocha is sleep-deprived, tired and frail, and overwhelmed by memories of her beloved daughter.
She often is in tears and wails, waking up her 62-year-old husband Vinod.
She remembers the moment, almost a year ago, when she presented Anni'sand in marriage to millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani, whom she described as a 'nice Hindu boy' she had always hoped her daughter would find.
Now, everything has changed. Shrien awaits extradition to face South African detectives for questioning over Anni's murder, even as Anni's family is still clueless about what really happened to their daughter.
The Daily Mail quotes Nilam, who has suffered from cancer, as saying:"Sometimes I lie on the sofa with a blanket, just staring at the wall for hours. My life is on hold and I cannot rest until I have closure and the people who killed her have been found guilty and punished.
Then we can start the grieving process properly."
"I am drained and only existing. It has been the same every night. My husband and I often lie awake talking about Anni until the dawn. We go over the same things, time after time, like, how did this terrible, terrible thing happen to our lovely Anni? There is no straight forward explanation," she adds.
"It is a nightmare built on nightmares and it seems to be never-ending. I would sacrifice everything to have her back in her bedroom next to ours. At the end of this month It will be a year since she got married to Shrien, and friends have been asking me whether the date makes my pain harder to bear. But it is always there," Nilam said.
Nilam and her husband Vinod, 62, live comfortably in a detached three-storey house in Mariestad, Sweden, where Anni's room remains untouched and her photographs adorn every surface. Anni, her elder sister Ami and younger brother Anish had a happy and sheltered childhood.
Shrien Dewani, 32, is currently appealing against an extradition order to South Africa, where he faces questioning over his alleged role in the incident.
He has claimed he and taxi driver Zola Tongo were forced out of the vehicle before his wife was shot once through the hand and neck. A post-mortem showed there was no sign of sexual assault or rape.
Dewani was later implicated in his wife's murder by Tongo, 31, who claimed in a plea bargain that Dewani had offered him 15,000 rand (1,400 pounds) to arrange the killing.
Tongo has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.
It is an outcome Nilam could never have predicted after persuading her daughter to seek out 'a nice Hindu boy'. (ANI)