Reshma was killed by her husband Joseph L Pallipurath in a church at New Jersey. Reshma who was 24, Indian immigrant from Kerala, was already trying to escape an abusive marriage but ultimately got killed.
Joseph, who was 27, drove all across the US from California to St Thomas Syrian Orthodox Kanaya Church in Clifton to confront his wife. He later escaped after fatally shooting her. Police say that he is still dangerous as he still possess a sliver handgun with which he shot Reshma.
Along with Reshma, he also fired on 2 other people in the church, Dennis John Malloosseril, 23, and Silvy Perincheril, 47,who are presently in a very critical condition. Perincheril is Reshma’s cousin and a mother of three.
Reshma’s marriage was in trouble from the initial stages. From the media reports, Joseph used to beat her and abuse her from the time when they were in India (kerala). Later, when moved to California, the torture continued and Reshma had ultimately obtained a court order restraining her husband from coming near her. Recently, Reshma had left her husband to live with a relative in New Jersey.
About 200 people were inside the church at the time of the incident and police received several emergency calls. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the suspect who escaped in a jeep.
So the NRI is still prowling on the streets openly and the police force is badly behind him.
One question that arises after this incident is are marriages really safe today? Why do people have forgotten the bondage, commitment, faith, respect that goes with a marriage. A girl leaves her family, county and tries to adjust with new person, place, language, religion, basically everything just for the sake of this new man in her life and this man who is so inconsiderate, goes on beating abusing and finally killing her.
Why is it that the youth of today’s generation has become so aggressive that they think all solutions should end in death. Its so tragic to see a women dying from her own husband’s hand. Hope the today’s youth learn to up keep the traditions and culture that their parents would have tried to inbibe in them when they were young and try to follow them throughout their life.