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The Pillay family are playing the waiting game. More than three months have passed since Niranjani Pillay was butchered in Dehli, India, allegedly at the hands of her husband Sumit Handa.
The post-mortem results are incomplete and the 27-year-old mom’s young son has not been seen by his maternal family since her death.
Speaking from his home in Durban, Niranjani’s brother Lingesh Pillay said the family is living in limbo.
He said no one in India had given them any feedback.
“We don’t know if my nephew is okay. “We only know he is living with Sumit’s parents in Agra,” he said.
In an urgent application at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Lingesh and his parents have asked that they be given custody and guardianship of the 14-month-old child.
Last month Judge Jerome Madondo ordered that Lingesh and his parents be granted permission to serve the papers on the accused’s parents and Handa, who is currently in police custody.
Handa and his parents have until March 1 to file opposing papers.
“The fact remains the toddler is a South African citizen with a South African visa,” said an attorney for the Pillay’s.
Handa allegedly confessed to killing his wife by stabbing her, strangling her with a laptop charger, chopping her remains and placing it in a bag which he later dosed in petrol and burnt.
He claimed Niranjani was having an affair, a claim which her family have refuted. - POST