Police in Buleleng Regency have facilitated the burial of a woman who had been kept in her home for over two months by her son, as he fulfilled a promise made on her deathbed.
According to Commissioner Gede Juli, who heads the Seririt Precinct, a 53-year-old man by the initials PS kept the body of his 96-year-old mother WT in her village home for 54 days after she died on Nov. 3. Before she passed away, she reportedly made him promise to take care of her.
“The child was mandated to uphold that promise to his mother,” Gede said yesterday.
To PS, who had been caring for his mother alone for four months before her death, that meant preserving her as she was in life and refusing to bury her.
“The body was preserved with ice cubes,” Gede said.
Locals recently learned what PS has been up to as he had become reclusive in the past two months. Family and neighbors tried to convince him to give his mother a proper send off, but he refused.
Police got involved over the weekend and finally convinced PS to let go of his mother. She was buried on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities confirmed that the woman died of natural causes.