Nurse Hazel Jyotsna Mathias laid to rest after 70 days in Shirva
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Udupi: The 29-year-old nurse Hazel Jyotsna Mathias, who is said to have committed suicide in Saudi Arabia was laid to rest at Our Lady of Health Church Shirva Cemetery on Friday, September 28.
The mortal remains of Hazel Jyotsna Mathias, the 28-year-old nurse who is said to have committed suicide in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Bengaluru on Thursday morning then shifted in the Manipal Mortuary. On Friday Morning the Body was taken to Shirva.
The funeral mass began at around 4 p.m. The Bishop of Udupi Diocese Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo offered the funeral mass along with other priests. After the mass, the coffin was carried to the cemetery, where the burial service was held.
On behalf of Udupi Diocese, Bishop Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo paid condolence, while Ivan D’Souza MLC paid condolence on behalf of the Shirva community.
Shirva Church Parish Priest Fr Denis D’Sa and Assistant priest Fr Mahesh D’Souza assisted to conduct the funeral ceremony.
Thousands of people, including former MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake, Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, ZP president Dinakar Babu, family members, relatives and well-wishers, offered their last respects.
Hazel, who had been working at the Al Miqua General Hospital in Abha, Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, reportedly committed suicide in the hospital’s residential quarters. The family was informed of her death on July 21, although she had last spoken to her husband Ashwin Mathias on July 19.
The family members were earlier informed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia that Hazel was mentally tortured by an ambulance driver who was working in the same hospital. The driver was later arrested by the police.
Hazel had been working in the hospital for six years. Denis Noronha, a friend of Hazel’s family and also the power of attorney holder, had been striving against all odds to bring Hazel’s body to her native village.