Yantoro, an 80-year-old resident of Ngadiwulih district in Kediri regency, East Java, has had to leave the house he had lived in for decades after losing a land ownership dispute to his own son.
“This is not right; it’s very inhumane. A son suing his own father – it’s way over the line,” said Yantoro’s attorney, Ulul Albab, on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
The land in question was first bought by Yantoro in 1994 in his first-born son’s name, Sudjono. After four years of legal proceedings, the Kediri District Court has ruled in favor of Sudjono, allowing him to claim legal ownership of the land, along with the house that had been built on it.
Ulul said Yantoro had shown various documents proving his purchase of the land over two decades ago, but to no avail.
Over the years, he said Sudjono’s animosity toward his own father grew, reaching its peak when he threatened to kick him out of the family home as he claimed ownership of the land.
Ulul said Yantoro never meant to own the house; he merely intended to live there for the remainder of his life.
Following the ruling, Yantoro left the family home under the Kediri District Court’s supervision. The proceedings were carried out according to plan, without any objection from the defendant.
Yantoro said he had grown exhausted of the conflict. Although he had bought the house for his eldest son, Yantoro said he still wanted to live there for the rest of his life.
“I did buy the house for Sudjono. However, I wanted to spend the rest of my life there because I still had business to take care of at home. I’d always intended to give the house to my son in time. Why would he kick me out like this?” Yantoro said emotionally.
Support for Yantoro has since poured in from his neighbors. Several of his neighbors even protested against Sudjono in front of his house, holding up signs that read “Why would you kick your own father out? God will smite you” and “Don’t leave, Yantoro. You bought this land with your own money”.
Despite the protest, Yantoro peacefully departed his former residence. (rfa)