Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor.
This week: Is it reasonable that if a forest ranger drowned on the job he should not be recognised as a martyr because he wasn't wearing life-jacket?
A forest ranger in central Quang Nam province drowned when fishing timber out of a river as illegal loggers hid the timber in the river bed four years ago. Provincial agencies helped parents of the forest ranger – Tran Van Quy born in 1987 and died at 24 – complete documents for being recognised as a martyr. However, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs refused to grant him the title, saying that the ranger was not qualified as he did not wear a life-jacket when going down the river. Their feedback to the family said that the ranger went down the river to fish timber out, was swept away by the water flow when falling into deep water hole. The fatal accident was unpredictable, not a brave action in an emergency to protect national defense, security and asset, the ministry says. However, until now, the ranger's family continues to ask for fairness for their son through sending inquiries to the relevant agencies. Some people say that if Quy wore a life-jacket, he would not have dived into the river bed to pick up the timber. If Quy is recognised as a martyr, his parents are eligible for benefits from the government that they won't receive if he is not named a martyr.
Do you think the forest ranger deserves to be recognised and titled "martyr"? Why do you think so? Have you seen any similar situation in your country? If yes, how do relevant agencies in your country solve the case?
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