Vijayawada: The family of a 41-year-old woman who died three days ago kept her body in hopes that God would revive her.
The stench emanating from their apartment in Jangareddygudem town in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh got the neighbours restless. Despite that, the brother and the mother of the dead woman carried on with their daily routines.
When the police, who were informed by the neighbours, barged into the apartment, they found the woman’s brother having his lunch beside her rotting body.
According to the police, the woman, T Aruna Jyoti died under suspicious circumstances in the apartment complex. Her mother and brother kept the body in the flat, hoping for a miracle.
A police official said when the team reached their flat, Jyoti's younger brother T Ravichandra, who is 39-year-old, was having lunch sitting beside her body. He said his sister was sleeping. When the cop told him that Jyoti had died, he and his 70-year-old mother Manjula Devi said, “If God took her life, he would revive her”.
The police had to forcibly shift the body to the government hospital for autopsy and also arranged for the last rites of T Aruna Jyoti.
The police suspect the woman's mother and brother are mentally unstable.
According to reports, the family had shifted to Jangareddygudem from some a place in the district and had taken the flat on rent. They were facing financial problems due to property disputes.
Ravichandra had left his job in Chennai to be with his mother and sister.
Other residents of the building said the family had not paid their rent and electricity bills for the past five months.
The police were investigating if T Aruna Jyoti committed suicide due to financial problems or died of hunger or any disease.
(With inputs from agencies)...