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Dancers at little Adita’s funeral
Members of the Premala Dance Academy broke down while performing a farewell dance for little Adita Roopchand during her funeral service at her family’s home in Beaucaro, Freeport, yesterday. Adita, seven, died when a gate fell and crushed her at her home on Wednesday morning. The pupil of Freeport Hindu School, who was due to enter Standard Two at the start of the new school term in September, was cremated at Waterloo following the funeral service.
The dancers wept during their performance to a Bollywood film song described as Adita’s favourite. The girl’s mother, Jankey Roochand, wept loudly when the pink casket was brought to her home. “Who you will play with and harass now?” she asked her son Devindra, 11, who stood next to her and tried to comfort her. Her husband, Rajendra, stood with his arms around her throughout the service. Officiating pundit Ramlal Maharaj urged parents to be more vigilant with their children at home.
“Parents need to walk around their home, take the time to scrutinise their surroundings and make sure there is no danger present, especially where children play. We need to take better care with our children,” he said. Adita’s Standard One teacher, Terani Ramjattan, described her as a brilliant mind snatched away too soon. “Adita was a precious gem, brilliant, talkative, who should have been looking to an exciting life ahead of her.” The girl’s classmates read a poem dedicated to her.
Among the mourners was Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, who appealed builders to pay closer attention to their work. “We cannot let Adita’s death be in vain, I am calling on all builders to carry out your jobs in a responsible manner. Do not short-change people when you are hired to do a job. Do what is necessary to avoid future incidents like this.”