I am writing about every corner of Bajothang because I love this place and I am living the best part of my life here. The loop hole I am going to write about is not that of 3G network which is not working yet- I know it just a rough sail in new place.
It’s with heavy heart I am breaking the news that was not covered in any news media yet: On 26th February morning a man fell from the third floor of the building he was living in Bajothang town, and was declared dead upon reaching hospital.
Let me present to you a brief background of how buildings are in Bajothang: All structures have an attic on the third floor, which has a controversial background of its own. Attics are restricted to certain height and are not allowed to have verandas. Now, you may wonder how the man fell at all. The restriction on veranda was well imposed but the house owners have created a platform across the third floor which can be accessed through either a door or a big window. All commercial apartments have similar features and I am sure authorities have seen it but since it didn’t look like veranda no action was taken against it. Therefore you could see people drying clothes outside the windows of third floor without any safety railings.
The accidents such as this were easily predictable; it was only by the grace of god that we saw only one so far. He was drying clothes when he stumbled and without anything to hold on he landed up losing his life. Unlike in the rest of the world here we blame on our fate and luck instead of blaming on the structural safety and holding people responsible. It doesn’t take too much brain to analyze that if there was railing the man wouldn’t have died by falling off the building, and if at all verandas are not allowed then access to outside of the third floor should be made illegal.
I wish to see some news media come and not just report the news but also make people answer a few questions on the safety of the attic dwellers.
The writer is a teacher with the Bajothang Higher Secondary School in Wangdiphodrang(PASSANG PASSU TSHERING)