Yesterday, a tragic incident occurred in the Nong Na Charoen Village, Udon Thani province, where a 49 year old woman heavily consumed alcohol, assaulted her 14 year old son, and then committed suicide. Her family performed the last rites, while the villagers believed the funeral should be carried out immediately.
Today, reporters visited the Wat Nong Na Choren temple where the family had conducted the funeral rites for the deceased. Amidst the grief, Sai, 64 years old and the elder brother of the deceased, revealed that his sister had exhibited erratic behaviour and had issues with substance abuse. She had been a good person before becoming addicted to alcohol, leading to violent episodes against her son and husband, and displaying attention-seeking tendencies.
Sai mentioned that her decisions were influenced by habitual drug use and alcohol consumption, and expressed his heartache over her decision to end her life, reported KhaoSod.
The 14 year old son, referred to as “A” to protect his identity, shared that his mother would often become violent when intoxicated. He said that the night before the incident, he could no longer endure her abuse and pushed her away, without anticipating the tragic outcome.
He claimed his mother had spoken ominously about her death, advising him to be strong and face life alone in her absence. Despite the abusive behaviour, “A” insisted on his love for his mother and his intention to finish his education up to grade 12 before finding a good job.
In southern Songkhla province, about a week ago, a jealous Thai police officer allegedly assaulted his wife by the roadside and then used a hammer to smash her car. The incident happened after the officer followed his wife to a friend’s birthday party, leading to a jealous confrontation. The injured 45 year old woman was taken to Sadao Hospital for treatment.
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). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress or depression. Seek help.
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