Thursday 10 Sep, 2009
A woman who was subjected to months of harassment by a stalker told police just hours before he stabbed her to death that he had threatened to kill her.
Ruma Ghose-Puri was murdered by former Ski Dubai ski instructor Rasheed Debaz.
He stabbed her three times outside her Knowledge Village villa on Monday night, leaving her dying in a pool of blood. He also stabbed her sister in the arm before committing suicide by throwing himself off a three-storey building.
Speaking from their home Ruma’s husband Dinky Puri told 7DAYS: “I lost my wife, I have lost everything.”
Puri said he had begged police “so many times” to come to his family’s rescue after they were subjected to threats from Debaz.
The Indian-born couple and their son had moved to a new home less than two weeks ago, hoping to end the nightmare.
“He was following our every move and he found where we were living,” Puri said as he fought back tears.
The family’s ordeal began when Ruma, 46, met Debaz, from Morocco, while taking skiing lessons at Ski Dubai and he began hounding her.
“Everyday there was a criminal walking the streets and we could not stop him,” Puri said. “I am shattered by the loss of my wife. I still have to break it to my son. “I begged the police to please, please help us. This man told my wife he was going to kill her, he threatened our 11-year-old son, he threatened me over and over,” Puri said.
Debaz was given a three- month suspended sentence for harassing Ruma in June.
But he continued following her almost immediately and was on bail for a second harassment charge when he murdered her. He had been due to appear at a Dubai court yesterday to face the further charges.
After the hearing was informed of the pair’s deaths, Ruma’s lawyer told the court: “She (Ruma) went to the police station on Sunday to complain about him because he kept following her and returned again on Monday.”
Ruma’s sister, Rita Dutt, is recovering in hospital.
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