Wives, fiancée prepare to welcome home HINDRAF trio

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Klang (Malaysia), May 9 (ANI): The wives and a fiancée of the HINDRAF trio - M. Manoharan, K. Vasantha Kumar and K. Vickneswary -- are preparing to welcome them home soon after their release by the Malaysian Government.

According to The Star, the first thing that Kota Alam Shah assemblyman Manoharan will do upon his release from the Internal Security Act is to take a ritual bath.

"I will pour water mixed with turmeric powder and flowers over his head before he enters the house to cleanse him of all the negative things that he had undergone in the last 17 months," his wife S. Pushpaneela was quoted, as saying.

The ritual bath is a Hindu custom to rid one of bad luck and unhappy experiences.

Manoharan, who was a lawyer for the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), was detained under the ISA in December 2007 for being involved in a massive gathering against the Government a month before his arrest.

Pushpaneela also said Manoharan would also have to start work almost immediately as he had a lot of backlogged cases and constituency work to catch up with.

All the cases he had secured in 2001 are now in the fast lane and up for hearing, said Pushpaneela, who had been running her husband's legal firm in his absence.

Pushpaneela said she would continue assisting her husband in his constituency, which she had managed since the general election last year.

Meanwhile, the wife of detainee K. Vasantha Kumar was speechless when she was told that her husband would be released today.

K. Vickneswary took a few minutes for the news to sink in before she could say: "My family's 17 months' of hell is finally coming to an end.''

Vickneswary, who has two girls, said she would stay at home to prepare Vasantha Kumar's favourite dishes.

Uthayakumar's fiancee S. Indradevi said she was happy and excited that he would finally be out. (ANI)

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