Suicide bomber Mohammad Hasthoon’s wife, Pulasthini Mahendran identified Sara who is believed to be an active member in the recent bombings, was born to a deep Hindu lower middle class family and was rehabilitated to Islam and radicalized, a report by the Tamil channel IBC Tamizh has shown.
According to the report, Pulasthini was born to a middle-class Hindu family in Thettativu, in the Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province and was supposedly kidnapped, converted to Islam and radicalized by Islamists groups.
Kavitha Mahendran discloses that Pulasthini was a good student who was following medical studies. She used to follow traditional Tamil and Hindu religious studies in school.
However, once Abdul Razik abducted Pulasthini when she was a student. Kavitha dues that she tried to bring her daughter back, but Razik claimed that Pulasthini was ‘happy’ and that she had made an ‘informed adult decision’.
A few months later, Razik called Kavitha to notify her that her daughter had ‘embraced’ Islam and was married off to a man. Her husband is believed to the Mohammad Hasthoon, who was caught on camera at the St. Sebastian Church bombing on Easter Sunday.
A shocked Kavitha cut off all ties with her daughter. A month after this, Kavitha dues she got a call from her distressed daughter who said that she was unhappy in her life and that she was on the edge of a complete failure. However, after this phone call, there was no contact from Pulasthini.
Around two weeks before the Easter Sunday attacks, Kavitha claims an unknown man, who recognized himself as Sri Lankan intelligence officer had come looking for Pulasthini but didn’t reveal any information.