KUALA LUMPUR: The mother of an 11-month old girl whose death due to physicial and sexual abuse shocked the nation today said she would not rest until authorities bring those behind the savage crime to face justice.
Noraihan Ab Aziz, 22, the mother of Nur Muazara Ulfa Mohammad Zainal, said what happened would haunt her for the rest of her life.
“As long as Zara’s case is not settled, as long as the criminal is not punished, I will not feel calm,” said Noraihan.
Nur Muazara died on Friday after spending two days at the Serdang Hospital in critical condition.
She was believed to have been physically and sexually abused by the husband of her caretaker.
“My heart ached when I looked at Zara’s heart-wrenching condition, I leave it to the police to investigate and take appropriate action against the perpetrator,” Noraihan, who works at a factory in Bandar Baru Bangi, told Bernama.
She and her husband Muhammad Zainal Abduk Rahaman, 27, and their son, Muhamad Alif Zamani, 4, are now in their hometown of Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, where they buried Zara yesterday.
Yesterday, Noraihan expressed her grief on Facebook: “You’re in peace there my dear… Wait for mother in heaven…”
She shared several photos of her with Zara, including the baby’s funeral.
Recalling the grim incident, Noraihan said she was contacted by the Serdang Hospital on Wednesday evening, informing her that her daughter was in critical condition after being brought there by the caretaker and her husband.
“The caretaker had called me five times, but my phone was out of coverage at the time.
“Upon arriving at the hospital, I found the caretaker feeling very sorry, but her husband was just calm as if nothing had happened,” she said.
According to Noraihan, she came to know the babysitter two months ago, when she uploaded a status on Facebook looking for a caretaker.
The caretaker eventually offered daycare services.
“I went to see her, and from the way she spoke to me, I saw nothing suspicious. However, at the time, the babysitter’s husband and 20-month-old son were not at home,” she said.
Noraihan hopes her ordeal will serve as a lesson to other parents, so that they are more careful in choosing their babysitters.