SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 2) - Priya Darshani walked out of a Fiji courtroom a free woman yesterday. She was initially charged for murdering her husband, but the charge was reduced to manslaughter.

We do not condone the violent act of murder committed by this Nausori housewife.

[PIR editor’s note: Nausori is a town located northeast of the capital city of Suva on Fiji’s Viti Levu island. Priya Dharshni was given a two-year suspended sentence yesterday for murdering her husband in January of last year (read the story).]

However, what we often forget is the reason of why she committed such an act.

For Priya’s case, it was the history of abuse she had endured from her late husband.

This contributed to her emotional and psychological state, which drove her to commit the violent act of murder.

The word abuse could be interpreted as abnormal use. This was what Priya got from the man she had trusted and loved so dearly. But there are many people who will not agree with the ruling handed down by Justice Anthony Gates.

It is sad that in this country we often do not see the cycle that exists where victims, either women or children, are tortured and tormented regularly. This abusive act cuts to the very core of a person and breaks down their self- esteem and dignity. This is bound to have physical, psychological and emotional effects on the victim as well.

Priya went through this tormenting experience for years before committing such an act. She was driven to do such an evil act and we’ve got to remember that it was not of her own doing. Although Priya maybe a free woman, the abusive hurts she had coped with along with her children are not going to heal that easily.

It is going to take some time. The decision dished out at Priya was fair, as she reunites with her family and continues on in life recovering from the tormenting experience they had gone through. Now is the chance for Priya and her children to rebuild their lives, put the past behind them and work toward a brighter future, free of abuse, pain and suffering.

February 3, 2006

FijiSUN: http://www.sun.com.fj/

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