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Burmese teenager hangs herself at Phuket workers’ camp

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A 19 year old Burmese woman has been found hanged at a workers’ camp in the sub-district of Kamala. The Phuket News reports the girl’s parents believe she killed herself to “spite them”, after they refused to buy her expensive cosmetics.

According to the report, Kamala Police, accompanied by forensic doctors from Vachira Phuket Hospital and rescue workers from the local OrBorTor, arrived at the girl’s home on Saturday, January 6, after having been notified of her death.

They found the body of the young woman, who has been named as Aye Mon San, on the floor inside the shack where she lived with her parents. Her father, Aung San Oo, and mother, Soe Soe, were sitting by her body in tears.

The girl was dressed in a black t-shirt and black and white striped shorts, and had a visible mark around her neck. The authorities found a piece of steel wire beside her body, and a chair that had seemingly been used to tie the wire to an overhead beam.

Police say there was no evidence of an attack, although forensic doctors noted old slash marks on the woman’s arms, which might indicate a history of self-harming.

According to the girl’s father, he left for work at 7am on Saturday and tried calling his daughter at 12.30pm, but there was no answer. When he arrived home, at around 8pm, he found his daughter hanged from the roof beam. Other workers living nearby say they arrived back at around 5pm but heard no signs of a disturbance or any noise out of the ordinary.

The woman’s parents say they don’t know why she would have killed herself, but told police that their daughter had wanted expensive cosmetics. As they didn’t have the money to buy them for her, they fear she took her life to spite them.

The woman’s body has been taken to Patong Hospital for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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