Friday, August 18, 2017

Myanmar urged to probe death of maid

A Thailand-based migrant rights group called on the Myanmar government to conduct an investigation into the death of a 17-year-old Myanmar citizen maid in Thailand earlier in the week, which the police indicated could be a suicide case.

Relatives hold a photo of the victim, Ma Ny Nyo Aye. Photo - AACRelatives hold a photo of the victim, Ma Ny Nyo Aye. Photo - AAC

The 17-year-old Myanmar citizen, who was working as a maid in the kingdom, was found with two gunshot wounds in the head at her employer’s house in Banpone town in Lopburi province on August 6, the Aid Alliance Committee said.

“We have found some questionable circumstance about her death although they (employer and local police) have assumed it was a suicide case,” Ko Ye Min, an AAC member, told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday.

“We have reported the case to the Department of Special Investigation and as the agency to investigate it,” Ko Ye Min added.

AAC identified the victim as Ma Nyo Nyo Aye, a Karen tribe member from the Tanintharyi Region of Myanmar, who has been working with her employer for the past three years until her death.

Police report said she was found dead in her employer’s room on the evening of August 6, with her employer’s gun found near her body, the AAC said in a press statement.

Ma Aye Aye Win, sister of the house maid, sent the remains of the victims to their relative’s house in Hlaboli township at the border area after it was released by authorities. The employers also gave the victim’s relative 5000 baht (K204,867), according to the AAC statement.

AAC also said that the local police officer who investigated the case declined to meet with some of the group’s members on August 9.

“Now, that the case has been published in the media, they (police) would not dare investigate it superficially,” Ko Ye Min said. “We also asked the DSI to conduct a thorough investigation.”

He also said the dead body of the maid was buried on August 9 by her relatives in Hlaboli township in Thailand.

The Myanmar Times called Myanmar embassy officials for comment on August 9, but one embassy official declined to comment about the case.