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Funeral held for six living people over alleged adultery in central Vietnam

Funeral held for six living people over alleged adultery in central Vietnam

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 07:14 GMT+7

In a strange but true story, police are handling a case in which a family in central Vietnam held a funeral at their home for six family members who are still alive on Monday morning. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Hanh, 51, the owner of a house on Tran Phu Street in Phan Thiet City, in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, told media on Monday that she had organized a collective funeral for herself and five other family members to oppose her husband’s adultery. “After being caught committing adultery, he [her husband] fled and then hired underground men to threaten to kill us,” Hanh, who runs a pawnshop at home, said. “Therefore, we have conducted this collective funeral to make our situation known to everybody so that if some day we are killed, then they will know why,” the woman said. At 11:00 am, police came to advise Hanh and other family members to remove the funeral flags and wreaths from the front of their house. The family then agreed to remove the items, but they still wore funeral clothes. In talking with news website VietNamNet, Hanh said her husband, Nguyen Duc Loi, had extramarital relations with the wife of the above-mentioned younger brother, Nguyen Minh Quang, 45.       “My wife and Loi committed adultery with each other. I discovered this and informed Hanh at 9:00 am on August 14. At 12 pm the same day, Loi fled his house with my wife,” VietNamNet quoted Quang as saying. Along with Hanh, Quang and four family members, including Hanh’s younger brother, older sister, brother-in-law, younger sister, and nephew wore white funeral clothes during their collective funeral, VietNamNet said. Meanwhile, Nguyen Duc Loi, Hanh’s husband, has lodged a complaint to both municipal and provincial police accusing Hanh and other family members of locking him inside the house “to practice exorcism” under the instructions of a powwow. Loi told police that he had to flee from the house for self-protection. Colonel Nguyen Van Ly, chief police officer of Phan Thiet City, said the police had received Loi’s accusation. At 2:15 pm on Monday, the Phu Trinh Ward police invited Loi to their office to clarify his accusation, VietNamNet reported.

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