“As parents, we pray everyday to God seeking blessings and protection for our children and suddenly this happens”
The three sisters who lost their lives in a home fire last Friday were cremated at the Bulileka Cemetery in Labasa yesterday. “Hamar babies’ kaha chal diya tum (Translation: Oh my babies, where have you gone?),” cried Karuna Kumar as she watched her daughters’ coffins being carried towards the cemetery.
The crowd was also moved with emotion as they watched the parents grapple with the loss of all their daughters. Mrs Kumar collapsed in front of the many who gathered at the funeral service when the remains of her daughters left their home. Her husband, Rajesh Kumar, who wept openly beside his children’s coffins said:
“I still can’t believe any of this.” Hundreds converged at Mrs Kumar’s parents’ home to bid farewell to the three girls — Kajal Kumar, 13, Kareena, 9, and Isha, 6 years old. The lone survivor of the incident 11-year-old Rishab Kumar is still recovering at the Labasa Hospital.
The Assistant Minister for Children, Women and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar who attended the funeral sang a Hindu mantra at the funeral while consoling the parents. “We sympathise with this family. As parents, we pray everyday to God seeking blessings and protection for our children and suddenly this happens. It is very sad and I feel for the parents,” Ms Bhatnagar said. In a statement, the National Fire Authority of Fiji said:
“The tragic Labasa house fire investigation which claimed the lives of three sisters last week will be completed by this week and the fire report will be handed over to the Police.”
Source: Fiji Sun