The man could not live separately even after the death of his wife, the dead body kept in the house for 21 years, as well as used to sleep and talk

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A 72-year-old man in Thailand recently performed the last rites of his wife after living with her dead body for more than two decades. Independent According to, Charan Janvachkal finally performed her last rites on 30 April, after 21 years of his wife’s death. A disturbing video shared on Facebook shows Janvachkal assisting Bangkok Foundation employees in carrying his wife’s coffin outside their home in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district. According to the Independent, he kept his wife’s body next to him in a small room where he slept and talked to her, assuming she was still alive.

Janvachkal can be heard referring to his wife in the video, saying, “You’re just leaving for a short time and you’ll be back home again. It won’t be long, I promise.”

According to reports, charity workers pulled out the rotting coffin from a dirty place surrounded by plastic bags and other garbage. No legal action has been taken against the man as he had registered the death of his wife with the authorities. It is noteworthy that Janvachkal’s wife died of congenital disease in 2001.

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A Bangkok Foundation executive, who had earlier visited a senior citizen to help him recover from a motorcycle accident, was not aware of the incident as he had not seen the coffin in his house. However, later, Janavachkal himself reached out to the foundation seeking help in cremation rituals as he feared that his deceased wife would not receive a proper ceremony in the event of her death.

The Independent said that the population is well-educated and has several degrees. But there was no electricity in his house and it was said that his condition was not good. The 72-year-old revealed that he lived with his wife and two sons, however, his sons decided to move out as they were not comfortable with their father’s decision to keep the body on the property.

Janavachkal graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Chulalongkorn University. He has served in the Royal Thai Army and his wife has also served in the Ministry of Public Health.

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