Man sets wife on fire

Tashi Wangmo & Tandin Wangchuk

A 27-year-old Sonam , was set on fire near the centennial coronation park,  Thimphu on September 22, around 3PM by her husband.

According to Chezang Dorji, medical officer of emergency department, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), the alleged had brought the victim to the hospital around 3:15PM on September 22.

“Almost 50 percent of her body, face, neck, chest, abdomen and back, had superficial burns,” doctor Chezang said, adding that the victim is in stable condition.

As per the medical officer, the alleged informed the emergency unit that a victim had caught fire in the kitchen.

Doctor Chezang told to The Journalist that the victim was under pain killer. However, he said that there might be chances of having internal burns which may cause the blockages of air ways, so the victim has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) around 6:30 PM.

“Although the victim may not lose her facial identity, scars are likely to remain and there are also chances of getting infections,” he added.

According to the witness who were present at the park when the incident took place, “a couple was quarrelling over something, suddenly we heard the wife shouting. By then the alleged had already set the woman on fire.

A witness said that nobody came to their rescue despite seeing the woman engulfed on fire.

The Journalist learned that the victim was residing in Thimphu with her sister and that she was a divorcee.

The alleged is still at large.

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