The China Post staff
Mothers’ Day was not a happy one for all of mothers in Taiwan. In Changhwa City, a mother tried to take her own life and that of her son in an apparent attempt to take revenge on an uncaring husband.
Early Mothers’ Day morning found police and firefighters hacking away at the front door of the woman’s apartment after receiving reports that she was trying to commit suicide by burning charcoal. Police said that the woman, surnamed Chiu, was already divorced from her husband but continued to live with him and their child in a Changhwa City residence. Chiu apparently decided to take her own life after feeling neglected on a day that otherwise extols the virtues and toils of mothers around the world. After her ex-husband failed to return from a night of mahjong, Chiu reportedly donned a red dress, sealed off the windows and doors of her apartment, and, accompanied by her son, tried to commit suicide by burning charcoal. According to local superstition, a woman who commits suicide wearing a red dress comes back to haunt the person who caused her to take her own life. In Taipei City, an 18-year-old youth lifted his hand against his mother after failing to convince her to give him money for a new mobile phone. The teenager, surnamed Huang, is being charged with battery. At the same time, prosecutors will be asking a judge to issue a restraining order to prevent Huang from further abusing his mother. Huang reportedly has beaten his mother on at least three other occasions. This time, Huang allegedly went into a violent rage after his mother refused to give him NT$1,500 to buy a mobile phone. Huang’s mother said her son became verbally abusive, pushed her up against a dresser, and began to slap her on the face. In Taichung County’s Fengyuan City, Mothers’ Day cheer did little to resolve a lawsuit being filed by four daughters against their 77-year-old mother, Wang Pi-hsi. The daughters are asking the courts to split up a 900 ping plot of farmland left behind by their father when he died last year. The land was jointly inherited by Wang, her four daughters, and one son, Chen Kuo-chen. After failing to reach an agreement with Chen over how to split up the inheritance, the four daughters decided they had no choice to ask the court to divide the land evenly into six parcels and split it up amongst the different parties. The four woman say they are simply trying to look out for their own interests. Wang, on the other hand, says they are unfilial for suing her for their inheritance.