Mongar Police have detained a woman who injured her 20-year old brother in a scuffle. He later died in hospital.
The siblings got into a fight after the sister had suggested they go to Gyalpoizhing because she had heard that Citizenship Kidu was to be granted but the brother and their mother, refused to go.
Ugyen Dorji and his mother, Abi Kunezang, were returning home to Ngatshang, Mongar, in a bus and had reached below their house when his sister, Choning Dema, made the suggestion. She pleaded but they didn’t listen.
The two siblings were bickering with each other at around 9:00 pm at night near their house. A relative, Ana Wangmo, said, “They started hitting each other and the sister hit her brother with a wood on the back of his head”.
She added, “After few hours, his head was covered with blood and the only thing he said was I am dying”. Ugyen Dorji was immediately taken to the Ngatshang Basic Health Unit and referred to Mongar Regional Referral hospital a few hours later.
He was kept in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for four days and he died on 21st August. “He had a head injury, he didn’t survive,” doctor Sonam Jamtsho said.
The Monggar police arrested the sister, Choning Dema, on 11th September after the funeral rites were completed. Police OC, Sonam Tobgay said the Mongar hospital reported the crime and the case has been forwarded to the Office of Attorney General. The woman is currently under custody. “The verdict is yet to be heard,” he said.
“I don’t know but she was a good sister. All she wanted was to convince him to go to Gyalpoizhing,” Sonam Norbu, a neighbor and teacher in Ngatshang Community School, said. “Who would have known a petty fight between siblings would end this way.”
“All he did was look after cows,” said Tashi Dema, also a teacher at Ngatshang community school. “He wasn’t like the others around here.”
“When the doctor told me that my son died, I couldn’t accept it,” said Abi Kuenzang, the mother of the siblings. “My only son died and my daughter is in custody and will be taken to court soon.”