Myanmar Restaurant Owner Arrested After Child Employee Burned

By Salai Thant Zin 25 February 2020

Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region – Police on Monday evening arrested a restaurant owner who allegedly set a child employee on fire at her business last week in Labutta Township, Ayeyarwady Region.

Daw Cho Cho San, 36, allegedly doused the 13-year-old boy with fuel and set him on fire on Feb. 19 over 80,000 kyats (US$52) that was missing from the till.

A children’s rights committee member U Myint Htay opened a case with police against the owner on Sunday.

“We arrested restaurant owner Daw Cho Cho San yesterday [Monday]. We will interview witnesses,” Lieutenant-Colonel Tun Shwe of Ayeyarwady Region police told The Irrawaddy.

Police have charged her under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt. She will be remanded in custody until March 4, according to the police.

“Police have talked to witnesses. I will make sure justice is served,” said U Myint Htay, who filed the complaint.

The victim suffered from burns on his face, neck, shoulder and arms and was treated at the township hospital on Feb. 20. He was transferred to Yangon General Hospital on Monday.

“We suggested it would be better for him to receive treatment in Yangon. We asked his family and they said they would go to Yangon. So we transferred him to Yangon General Hospital last night,” said public relations officer U Aung Myo Khaing of Labutta Public Hospital.

“He was injured on his arms and shoulders and is in pain. We had to be careful in the ambulance,” said U Pyinnya Lawka, a Buddhist monk who leads the Garuna Myet Wun social organization in Labutta Township.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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