Officer beats villagers for accidental splashing
Tue 21 Apr 2009, Kon Hadae, IMNA
A Burmese Army officer beat two villagers from Ye Township after accusing them of disrespecting his wife when they accidentally splashed her with water.
The officer, from Light Infantry Battalion No. 299 based near Ko Mile village, was standing by a main road talking with his wife when the two locals passed on a motorbike. The road was wet from a recent rain shower and, as the villagers drove by, the bike went through a puddle and splashed water on the officer’s wife.
He immediately became angry on her behalf and after ordering the villagers to stop, he subjected one of them to a beating. The other man ran away but the officer then seized a gas bottle from a store nearby and threatened to burn the man’s house down if he did not come back and apologize. However, when the villager returned and offered an apology the officer was not satisfied and beat him regardless.
Another Ko Mile resident commented, “The military have the power to do whatever they want and we can’t say anything about it.”