An 88-year-old woman remained unattended for three days even as her only son’s body was found hanging in another room in the same house.
The incident was reported from Karukachal in Kottayam district on Wednesday.
Police said the local people of Kuthrappally near Karukachal in Kottayam went into the house after they were looking for the source of stench wafting in the area. The search took them to the house of the late Kutty Devasia, where his wife Ammini and son Babu, 48, were living.
Finding the house closed from inside, people informed the police, who broke open the house to see Ammini in an indisposed situation. She was battling with life for want of food or water for many days. In the near room, decomposed body of Babu was hanging from the ceiling.
Police said Babu, a farm worker, seemed to have committed suicide three days back. He was living with mother Ammini for last two years, while his wife was away with another family member.
Bed-ridden Ammini did not have food for last three days. Police shifted her to a hospital.
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