In January 1981 Indramattie Boladass agreed
to an arranged marriage. During her first year
as a married woman she suffered physical abuse
which continued periodically throughout her
life. She died on Monday almost two weeks after
she was allegedly beaten severely by her
Boladass, 49, died at the Georgetown Public
Hospital (GPH) early Monday morning. Her head
was a swollen, bruised mess; she couldn’t talk
because the inside of her mouth was badly
damaged, her hip was fractured and there were
marks of violence throughout her body.
The dead woman’s relatives believe that she
died as a result of the beating she is reported
to have suffered at her husband’s hands. They
are confident that the post-mortem examination,
to be conducted today, will support their
Rampertab Boladass has since denied these
allegations. His wife, he insists, fell twice in
their yard and was injured as a result. Standing
in his Coconut Dam, Cane Grove yard Rampertab
disclosed that he had given a statement at the
Mahaica Police Station and was advised that one
of his relatives should be present at his
wife’s post-mortem examination.
On March 2 Rampertab allegedly beat the
woman. A resident, who requested anonymity, said
the incident occurred in the afternoon of that
“He did was beating she,” the resident
said, “I remember it good. Was de day after
Phagwah it happen and a neighbour had to run
over and part de two ah dem.”
This was not the first time that Rampertab
beat his wife, the resident said. Over the years
most residents learnt to keep their distance
from the couple because Rampertab would threaten
anyone who intervened in their quarrels.
Boladass points to the object in his yard
which he says his wife hit herself on when she
Hamawattie Singh said that she learnt of what
had happened to her sister on March 6 (the
Saturday after Boladass was reportedly beaten).
Singh lives at Strathavon, Cane Grove with their
82-year-old mother. Strathavon is a short
distance from Coconut Dam.
“I was at de market shopping when somebody
tell that meh sister husband beat she up bad and
she lying down dead in the house,” Singh
recalled. “I left what I was doing and rushed
to see what had happened.”
She discovered Boladass on floor with a bowl
containing “dry biscuit” and a cup of water
near her. Her sister, Singh recalled, was unable
to talk and couldn’t move. Boladass lay on the
floor in her excrement and was clearly in pain.
It was after Singh discovered her sister in
that condition that Rampertab and other
relatives took Boladass to the Mahaicony
Hospital where she was admitted. Boladass was
then transferred to GPH on March 12 after he
She was immediately sent to the x-ray
department at the city hospital where it was
discovered that her hip had been fractured.
Boladass and her daughter during happier times
in the mid 1980s
“I don’t understand how Mahaicony
hospital didn’t know that my sister hip was
fractured,” Singh said.
Boladass, her sister recalled, finally spoke
on the Sunday before she died. When Boladass was
asked whether her husband (Rampertab) had beaten
her she nodded her head in confirmation. She
then told relatives “meh thirsty”. Those
were her last words. She died around 6am the
following morning and Singh was informed of it
almost three hours later by the hospital.
Singh said her sister, Rampertab and his
9-year-old niece lived at the Coconut Dam house.
The couple’s daughters, currently in their
20s, are now living with their reputed husbands.
Battered and starved
Rampertab and his daughters, Singh alleged,
would hide the food stuff from her sister. Many
days, she said, Boladass would go to neighbours’
houses where she would get some food. It was a
comment one of the neighbours made on March 2
that infuriated Rampertab.
The neighbour, Singh reported, told Rampertab
that he has a good wife and should take care of
her. “I can’t feed you wife and feed me own
to’”, the neighbour reportedly told the man
that day. Shortly after Rampertab returned home
in a rage and began beating his wife.
“People also tell me that they see he
drinking earlier de same day,” Singh said.
Her sister’s husband, Singh said, had
stopped “drinking” for a while and recently
started doing it again. Whenever Rampertab was
on one of his drinking periods, Singh said, he
would beat her sister. Last October Boladass had
gone to her sister’s home after she was beaten
by the man. The October incident and others in
the past were never reported to police at
“We tried to bring her home many times,”
Singh told this newspaper, “but she does come
and stay a two or three days and then when he [Rampertab]
call she then she would go back…she never
wanted to stay with us.”
Singh believes that Boladass chose to stay
with her husband because he threatened her.
About five years ago, Singh further said,
Boladass’ health began declining. She was
suffering from hypertension and diabetes. It was
then, when her sister needed care, that she was
Rampertab and his relatives, according to
her, have been saying that Boladass was
“mental”. However, Singh, other relatives
and several residents have denied this.
A woman, who did not identify herself, stated
that Boladass’ health began deteriorating
“about four or five years ago but she de never
mad…is just sick she de sick and she never
used to get food home…she does normally sit
under this five-finger tree in she yard and eat
that when she didn’t get food from
anyone…she de get weak.”
Singh showed Stabroek News several pictures
of the bruises on her sister’s body. Boladass’
arms, legs, hip and head were peppered with dark
bruises. There was also a large bruise on her
left breast and another beneath it. Her face was
also swollen at different spots.
Boladass’ widower was preparing for her
wake when Stabroek News visited him at his home
When he was informed of why this newspaper
was visiting him Rampertab immediately invited
us in and headed straight to a spot in the yard.
He promptly begins to explain his version of how
Boladass was injured.
He stands with a hand on his hip and points
to a cylindrical object in the yard. His wife,
he said, was complaining on March 2 that her
head was “spinning”. She came downstairs
later that day to bathe, slipped, fell and hit
herself on the object to which he points,
Rampertab said. Later that day, he recalled,
Boladass went downstairs to bathe again and fell
a second time.
“One of we daughter was here and she holler
and tell me that she mother fall down again so
we go an pick she up, clean she and put she back
in de house,” Rampertab explained. Later the
same say, Rampertab said he and their daughter
took Bholadass to the Mahaicony Hospital where
she was treated and released. However, Boladass’
relatives do not believe this was done.
“This is na Cane Grove, this ah News
Grove,” Rampertab said when told about the
allegations that he’d consumed alcohol and
beaten his wife. “I never beat she.”
It has been almost one and a half years now
since he has been doing all the household
chores, Rampertab said.
“I does wash clothes,” Rampertab said,
“and I does cook and do everything…I don’t
starve she..I does cook and de food does deh in