The parents of a teen allegedly murdered by her partner will not be able to give her a traditional send-off because of the state she was discovered in.
The devastated parents of a 19-year-old woman allegedly murdered by her partner in Sydney say they will not be able to give their daughter a traditional send-off or see her face again because she was so badly disfigured.
Aminah Hayat’s remains were found inside an apartment she shared with partner Meraj Zafar in North Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday.
Abu Hayat, 41, and his wife Mahafuzer Akter, 39, told Daily Mail Australia they were struggling to cope with the horrific condition of their daughter’s body — allegedly immersed in a bathtub filled with hydrochloric acid.
They said they will not be able to see their “daughter’s beautiful face” before laying her to rest in Bangladeshi funeral tradition — because the only part of the teenager’s body not destroyed was one of her feet.
“I cannot see the last moment of my daughter’s face because of what was done,” Mr Hayat told the publication.
This is particularly painful for the family because in Bangladeshi tradition, it is customary for the family to see the face of the deceased after they are wrapped in a cloth shroud.
In a profound act of worship – the face is shown and the ‘dua’ or prayer is said before the person’s body is placed into the grave.
The devastated parents said they lost contact with their beloved daughter shortly after she moved in with a man she recently married.
The Daily Telegraph reports Ms Hayat had only moved to Australia last year, and that she only met her husband Meraj Zafar, 20, a few weeks ago.
It is understood the parents of the pair did not take kindly to their whirlwind marriage — but the couple pressed on with their plans and only recently moved into an apartment in North Parramatta.
Ms Hayat’s parents told Channel 7 that since moving in with Meraj, they lost contact with her.
A local make-up store owner Prieta Mamun said she got to know Ms Hayat after the teen inquired about her products. She described the 19-year-old as a “kind and supportive girl” — but added she had also lost contact with her.
On Facebook, she wrote that it appeared that Ms Hayat got rid of her Instagram account.
Even those who saw Ms Hayat after she moved to North Parramatta said she was incredibly reserved.
Locals described Ms Hayat as being an ideal neighbour but rarely spoke to her. Zafar told neighbours he was from Pakistan.
They said Ms Hayat had “seemed very happy” and that she was always playing music.
However, the apartment block where the newlywed couple lived turned into a horror scene when police arrived on Sunday.
Ms Hayat’s body was discovered in the unit she shared with Meraj Zafar on Pennant Hills Rd, North Parramatta about 4.30pm that day after her family called police, concerned about her welfare.
Ms Hayat’s new husband, 20-year-old Zafar, was later charged with murder after attending a police station on Monday.
The victim’s parents Abu and Mahafuza Hayat broke down with uncontrollable grief when they spoke to Channel 7 on Tuesday.
The mother can been seen sitting of the floor of the family home, wailing as she sees pictures of her late daughter.
“I want my daughter, I want my daughter,” Mr Hayat repeated.
“My daughter’s not coming,” Mrs Hayat said.
The man accused of murdering Ms Hayat had his case adjourned after appearing in court on Tuesday.
Mr Zafar, 20, presented to Bankstown police station at about 12.20pm on Monday after police issued a public appeal for information and released an image of him.
He was charged with Ms Hayat’s murder later that night and refused bail, with his matter listed for Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday morning.
His lawyer Mohamad Sakr appeared in court on behalf of his client and was granted an adjournment until April 5 to allow time for a brief of evidence to be prepared.
Mr Sakr told the court that he may apply for bail for his client “in due course”.
Speaking to journalists outside the court, Mr Sakr said his client was “distraught” and had no comment to make on the allegations at this stage.
Mr Sakr said Mr Zafar would be advised on whether to fight the murder charge once they had considered the police brief of evidence.
“He’s distraught about being in custody. It’s just a matter of whether he wishes to fight these charges or not, but I will obtain those instructions,” he said.
Mr Sakr said his client had “done the right thing” by attending a police station after officers issued an appeal for his whereabouts.
He said he couldn’t comment on whether his client had any injuries or the support of family members and what the exact nature of his relationship with Ms Hayat had been.
Mr Zafar presented to police after officers released an image of him and the truck he was believed to have been driving after Ms Hayat’s body was found.
The truck was seized in Greenacre on Monday and would undergo forensic examination, police said.
NSW Police Superintendent Julie Boon said officers had forced entry to the unit and found Ms Hayat’s body in the bathroom.
“I can confirm there were chemicals found inside the bathroom of the unit,” she said on Monday.
Superintendent Boon said the investigation was still in its early stages, with police canvassing neighbours and nearby witnesses and combing the property for evidence.
Forensic officers at the Pennant Hills Rd apartment on Monday swabbed the paws of a young cat that was taken out of the apartment and cleaned.
Police rifled through bins and took photos as they pieced together what happened to Ms Hayat.
Police could not confirm Ms Hayat’s cause of death on Monday, with a post-mortem examination to be conducted on Tuesday.
– with NCA NewsWire