Photos of an emaciated 90-year-old woman in Yongzhou who was locked away for a month by her children until she starved to death have been making people’s blood boil across the internet.
The old woman, named “Si Mei”, lived in Jianghua Yao Autonomous Country in Yongzhou in Hunan Province. She was locked away in the room for a month without any food. She kept herself alive by drinking a little bit of water every day and eating oats that her neighbors snuck her when her children were out. But it wasn’t enough, and the old woman passed away on the evening of June 14.
The woman, named Xiang Xiang, who broke the news said that the old woman’s family had wanted to kill her by starving her to death. Her family did not allow others to be “nosey” and interfere. They denied her food because they allegedly did not want to clean up her feces. “This whole issue just leaves me with a chill. I just want to seek justice for the old woman before her death,” she said.
“I walked into the house secretly. When the old woman locked in the room heard the noises made by me, her first words were ‘Feed me, feed me…’,” said Xiang Xiang. She said that she went to feed the old woman with porridge oats during the first time. She then went back after two days and found that the old woman excreted on the same bed which was used for sleeping. “She told me that she had not eaten anything after I fed her last time,” she added. This does beg the question of why she didn’t call the police then and there.
Police have started to look into the issue after the over a tip posted online. Si Mei’s adoptive daughter and family could be looking at charges.
One person working at a media company told reporters from Apple Daily that the adopted daughter was ill and already in her 60s. She could not look after her mother as she could not even look after herself well. But netizens criticized the old woman’s family for being cruel and not filially pious.
[Images Via ido china online forum]
By Jennifer Hui