AMNAT CHAROEN — A woman in Northeastern Thailand is suffering from severe burns after her husband scorched her with boiling water when she refused to buy him more alcohol.
The woman is now being treated for burns on her face, head, shoulder, and arm at Sappasitthiprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani province. She remains under ICU care, medical workers said, describing her condition as critical.
Witnesses told police that 49-year-old Poon, was watching television when her husband, Kraisorn Duangsopha, 32, asked her to go out and buy alcohol for him.
After Ms. Poon reportedly refused, a loud argument broke out between her and Mr. Kraisorn, who was already intoxicated.
Mr. Kraisorn later stormed out of the house, gathered firewood, boiled a kettle of water, and threw the water at Ms. Poon out of anger, according to the confession obtained from Mr. Kraisorn.
Ms. Poon's neighbours rushed to her home after they heard loud screams and brought Ms. Poon to hospital. Another group of neighbours, enraged by Mr. Kraisorn's action, mobbed and beat the suspect unconscious before they handed him over to the police.
Due to his injuries, the police retained Mr. Kraisorn at a local hospital.
The suspect confessed on his hospital bed that he committed the crime against Ms. Poon out of anger.
The olice investigation is ongoing.
Domestic violence against women is widespread in Thailand. Official figures released by the Ministry of Public Health indicate that at least 25,000 women were subject to domestic violence in 2013, but experts believe that the actual number is significantly higher.