Padma's son and her sister | Photo: Amritha
Kochi: When the probe into the controverisal human sacrifice case is in progress, relatives of Padma, one of the victims have been waiting for her mortal remains. The woman who was a lottery seller went missing on September 26. Even after a month, her family including her children and sister could not pay last respects to her.
“I have been waiting for my mother for a month. Even when I learnt she was missing, I never thought that she would have left Ernakulam. She had never went to distant places. I thought she might have gone in search of work. It had only been a month since my mother began to stay alone,” said Padma’s son Selvaraj.
“I lost my job after coming here on leave. The authority should take action to speed up the DNA test and hand over my mother’s body to us,” he added.
Currently, Padma’s youngest son and her sister are the only residents at her house in Udaya Nagar. The rest of her relatives are daily wage labourers. On learning about the incident, they came to Kochi but had to return to Tamil Nadu as they ran out of money.
“Soon after Padma went missing, we lodged a complaint with the police. At first, we thought that somebody might have kidnapped her. It wouldn’t have mattered if they had killed and dumped her somewhere. At least, we could have pay last respects to her,” said Padma’s sister.