Since the last 10 years, Beena Dedia, a 39-year-old homemaker, had never missed her morning walk with her husband Jatin (41).
Beena, mother of an 11-year-old son, was known in the area as soft-spoken and gentle. “We had never heard of Beena getting into a fight,” said a neighbour from the third floor of the Megh Chaya building where the couple had lived for the last 12 years.
They stayed with Jatin’s parents, who were too shocked to comment. Their immediate neighbours also refused to say anything.
“Jatin still doesn’t know his wife is dead, and his parents are in shock. It’s a traumatic time for our family and we don’t want to comment. Had Beena parted with her ornaments, she would have been alive today,” said a close relative of the Dedias, as she waited outside Jatin’s room at Parel’s KEM Hospital.
Jatin, owner of a general store at Lalbaug, suffered injuries on his arms when he attempted to snatch the knife from the man after he had attacked Beena.
According to the police, when the wounded couple fell to the ground, no one came to their rescue. “When the couple shouted after they were attacked, nobody came forward even though there are residential buildings nearby and it happened in daylight,” said Ramesh Poman, senior police inspector of Kala Chowky police station.
A source at the station added: “We suspect the men were under the influence of drugs.”