None held accountable for the deaths of two children
Both cases remain unsettled as law enforcers cannot find a subject to account
6 сар, 1 долоо хоног өмнө
ZGM newspaper traced after some of the shocking incidents involving children that occured this year with an aim to find faults and errors that are becoming the root cause of these increased number of child casualties. Just a few months ago, a child who was playing near a pharmacy got electrocuted to death after accidentally grabbing the barred door of the drugstore, to which a nearby grocery store attached a damaged electrical wire. According to the child’s mother, the ambulance said that the child was already dead when they arrived and forbade the parents from touching the body; however, the forensic review stated the child could have survived if first aid was available. Furthermore, the inspector ignored the forensic review and opened a criminal case only on the owner of the grocery story. The pharmacy was relocated by the time we arrived and the lawyer of the child was unaware of it. Therefore, the parents expressed that they wish to submit three demands to the Prosecutor: - Since both the pharmacy and grocery store did not ensure safety, the pharmacy must also be held accountable. - According to the forensic review, the doctor on duty could have saved the child; thus must be a subject to account. - The pharmacy owner reportedly testified that he was aware of the fact that the door was electrocuted and was interacting with the door without touching it.
However, the testimony was not considered in the case; hence, it must be included. Furthermore, the Special Inspection Authority issued a review that says the electrical wire was not damaged, forcing the parents to request for reexamination as they are still worried that the case might close without anyone held accountable. Another public upset of this summer was the death of an 11year old boy who got crushed by an unanchored soccer goalpost of a public school. The Court Clinic examined that the cause of death was a closed-head injury. The case is in delay because the inspector responsible for the case took his/her vacation in July and was shifted to another investigator. The boy’s aunt sniveled that the case may not be settled easy as there is a possibility that no one will be subject to the case. The school’s director was fired three days after the incident and the police informed that he will be summoned as a defendant. According to some child organizations, the person responsible for the safety of the football field and the guard should have also been summoned. As we dug deeper into the cases, it was noticeable that both public and private organizations are still negligent to these grim cases with child casualties. These were just two examples of the lack of accountability and interconnectedness of public services in Mongolia.