9 March 2019: Motor accident victim Nishma Shrestha’s remains will not be flown back to Nepal as her husband and brother have decided to perform the La Trobe University student’s funeral rites here in Australia.
According to Victorian community leader Keshav Kandel, Mrs Shrestha’s husband and brother consulted their families back in Nepal whereupon it was decided that the 25-year-old woman would be cremated in Melbourne due to the horrific injuries she sustained after being hit by a car last week.
Tragically, she was caught up in the violent accident only two days ahead of her 25th birthday. She arrived in Australia as an international student only nine months ago and was studying at the La Trobe University.
In most cases involving young members of the Nepalese and Indian diasporas, families request for their loved ones’ remains to be flown back to the subcontinent. This allows their extended families, who are often unaccustomed to international travels, to pay their final respect to the deceased in their familiar environment.
Mrs Shrestha will be cremated at the Fawkner Cemetery in Melbourne which has a crematorium, Mr Kandel further added. Hindu funeral rites have taken place in the past at this cemetery. Families receive astu (ashes) following the rites, the NRNA official said citing past Hindu funeral rites at the Fawkner Cemetery.
The young woman from Kavre district in Nepal was seriously injured in the accident that took place at 1 am on March 1. She had just gotten off the train at Glenroy Station following a late shift. The car hit her when she was crossing road near the station, it is understood. It appears that the driver of the vehicle fulfilled his duty of care by calling both the police and ambulance after the car hit Mrs Shrestha.
Police ruled out drink driving adding that the car was within speed limit, the NRNA vice president told southasia.com.au.
Mrs Shrestha sustained serious pelvic and head injuries and was being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital until she died on March 4, it is understood.
Mr Kandel said that the nature of the injuries is such that the bereaved family decided not to fly the body back to Nepal in order to spare further trauma to the parents and rest of the family.