Saudi penalty shatters Pariyar family’s dream

- PURNA BK, Tanahu
Saudi penalty shatters Pariyar family’s dream

Aug 5, 2014-

After being abandoned by her husband for another woman, Shova Pariyar, 32, of Bhimad VDC-5 in Tanahun district was forced to support her son and herself on her own.

Without sources of income to support and educate her son, she flew to Saudi Arabia with a luggage full of dreams.

However, fate had another plan for her. Convicted of murdering her employer’s two-year-son, Shova was executed by the Saudi government on Monday.

Her death has fallen hard on her elderly parents and relatives. “She had gone abroad, promising us that she would make us happy. But there is no one to look after us now,” Shova’s 54-year-old mother Buddhisara lamented.

She said the last time Shova called them up was on Sunday, the day before her execution. “Shova told us on the phone that she was okay and asked us to take care of our health and her son,” she said. She added that Shova told them that she would be released and come back home soon.

“We had not even thought that Didi [Shova] would be sentenced,” said Shova’s younger sister Rekha. She  is clueless how she would break the news to the victim’s son.

Shova’s only son Diwash, 11, is studying in the fifth grade at the local Baljyoti Primary School. He has been staying with Shova’s parents ever since he husband married another woman.

Rekha accused the Nepal government of not making efforts to save her sister. Shova was convicted of murdering her employer’s two-year-old boy by slitting his throat. She was executed in the Saudi city of Arar.

A Plus Two graduate, Shova reached Saudi Arabia in April, 2011 to work as a housemaid via India. Nepali ambassador to Saudi Arabia Udayaraj Pandey said they could not save Shova despite repeated requests to the Saudi government and Shova’s employer for amnesty.

Shova confessed to the crime in her three-page statement that read she had murdered the boy in a fit of rage after “my landlady repeatedly tortured and abused me”.

Published: 06-08-2014 08:47

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