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Who should be responsible for Children Parks’ safety?

Dec 26, 2012

CentenaryPark-2-yr-oldDieIn a recent incident, a two-year-old toddler died from the injuries he sustained after the iron gate of the Centenary Children’s Park in Thimphu fell on him. The tragic incident has shocked and angered many people. They are now questioning the safety of children’s park.

“The incident was very unfortunate. I think it is the responsibility of parents to look after children but at the same time it is also the responsibility of the government to frequently inspect the infrastructure,” said Drukey Wangmo, a parent in Thimphu.

Many people also took to twitter and facebook questioning who should be held responsible.


We do need some officers who would be dedicated to look after the Parks, take care of the maintenance so that the safety of the children is insured…”

Kinlay Dorjee
Thimphu Thrompon


“Really depressing. Accountability, dignity, honour becoming unknown words,” read one of the tweets.

Another tweet read death is an unacceptable price for someone else’s mistake.  The tweet goes on to say Thromde and other concerned offices have some answering to do. “Time we began seeking accountability seriously.”

The Thimphu Thrompon, Kinlay Dorjee said instead of asking who is responsible for such incident, everyone must take equal responsibility when it comes to using public facilities.

“I happen to see the parents of the boy who died and they also didn’t know how exactly this happened.  See, this is the problem with some children trying to make the place unsafe for some children, so therefore it’s the responsibility of each own one…”

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But he goes on to say that Thimphu Thromde’s sympathy is with the parents for the loss. “It is very unfortunate event. We never expected such a thing would happen in the park. Hence we definitely take this as lesson learned that similar thing should not happen in the future.”

He said they have already discussed among them that the gate should be made more stable and that they should have a mechanism in place which will stop the gate beyond some point.

The roller iron gate at the Centenary Park which had come out of alignment had hit the toddler on his head.

One of the eye witnesses told BBS that the roller iron gate, accidentally pushed by some kids playing at the park, fell and injured the toddler. The toddler was passing the gate with his babysitter.

The little boy was then immediately taken to Hospital. The doctor, who examined the toddler, said he was brought unconscious in the emergency unit.

The child succumbed to head injuries the next day.



3 Comments for “Who should be responsible for Children Parks’ safety?”

  1. No Stupid

    My heart goes out for the victim’s family. May his soul enters eternal peace.

    What lesson is learned at an expense of a toddler’s life? He would have a whole beautiful bright life ahead of him if it had not been extinguished very early and unexpectedly by some nasty but preventable incident on that day.

    What was poor little boy’s fault being near the dreadful gate at the dreadful time? What was the fault of other kids being playful at the gate of the children’s play ground? It is a gross negligence of the ThimThrom authority for not looking after the safety issues at the children’s park.

    The roller iron gate at the Centenary Park would have killed any parent if she/he had been in the toddler’s place at that wrong time. Should we then blame our grant parents for getting our parents killed at the public park?

  2. Get No Happiness

    Firstly, there was a caretaker for park, his job is the see the park n safety, report any such incident or check if all infrastructures are in good condition or needs any maintenance, secondly, the quality of construction is questioned, how can a gate be spoiled in 2 years time, thirdly those boys who pushed the doors are not suppose to do such thing which is public property n the caretaker failed to check, lastly, TCC failed to check on all th above. So all the people mentioned above are responsible, this is simple to make out.

    Instead TCC is moving out of scene, TCC is should take full responsibility along with the above. It s high time we take accountability. Only taking credit for good things and receiving medals on 17 dec is not enough, similar with the hospital over vaccine case.

  3. City shud take the blame

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