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Former resident dies

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, February 02, 2014

A FORMER Fiji resident who suffered 80 per cent burns to her body and face has died.

Monika Chetty, who sustained the injuries at the beginning of January in West Hoxton, New South Wales, was hospitalised for about one month after being found in bushland in the area.

She died in a Sydney hospital on Friday.

According to ABC News Network, the 39-year-old woman died as a direct result of the injuries, which according to the detective on the case, would have caused great agony for the woman.

"Earlier this month, Detective Superintendent James Johnson said there had been a flood of witness reports since Ms Chetty's plight came to light," the news agency reported yesterday.

"For a person to suffer 80 per cent burns to her body for such a period of time, she must have been in agony," he said.

The detective also said Ms Chetty had been separated from her husband and children and had on numerous occasions been spotted begging in Parramatta and living out of her car.

Meanwhile, Fiji Women's Crisis Centre's executive director, Shamima Ali told The Sunday Times yesterday that support within families, communities and between people could make major positive changes to one's life.

"Unfortunately there aren't many places women can go when they are in desperate situations and we as a society should be more forthcoming in supporting such people without judging them.

"Many of these people often have been rejected by those close to them and then by society," said Ms Ali.





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