PENSIONER Sugrim Gangabissoon, who was beaten, and his wife Indra who was bludgeoned to death by thieves at their Carapichaima home three months ago, was honoured Monday night for his contribution to education.
The Freeport Hindu Primary School is to be named after Gangabissoon, according to Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj, who made the announcement at the school's 60th anniversary celebration.
The function was also attended by Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudy Indarsingh.
Gangabissoon, who will be 93 years old on Monday, was instrumental in the building of the school, and was its first manager. He has authored at least six books, numerous essays on Hindu philosophy, and taught Sanskrit.
The attack on Gangabissoon has left him with a brain injury.
Three of him six daughters—Tara Mahase, Sarojani Teeluckchan and Subhashani Maharaj—escorted him to the function.
Mahase told the Express, "He knows he has to go to the function. He said he knows our mother would have been proud of him. He wanted his daughters to represent her there. It really makes me sad."
Indra Gangabissoon, 78, died on April 14 at hospital, having never regained consciousness after she was brutally beaten two days before at her home at Southern Main Road, Freeport.
The two were married for 59 years and the attack occurred on their 59th wedding anniversary.
They were taken to the bank by relatives that morning where Indra Gangabissoon cashed her pension cheque of $3,000.
They returned home before noon, and were alone in their house when thieves attacked. The elderly woman suffered a broken jaw, fractured skull and her eyes were swollen shut. Her husband was also beaten on his head, and lost some memory.
Central Division police officers had detained a 25-year-old man of Bank Village, Carapichaima, shortly after the incident, and investigators said there was a lead in the case. However, police never formally charged anyone in the case.
Mahase said the family awaits justice in her mother's killing. "What is painful is that we have not been hearing about the investigation. It makes me wonder if this case will be swept under the carpet, and nobody will be held accountable for my mother's death."
Mahase, who lives in the compound where the attack took place, said the family lives in constant fear.