Man detained for a rape of 14-year girl

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Sonam Penjor
Thimphu police arrested a 47-year old man on 5th September for alleged rape of a 14-year old student.
Thimphu Police’s officer in-command, Major Wangdi said that the matter was reported to police by an official from forensic unit of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) when the victim was brought to the hospital for medical checkup and found out that the victim was pregnant for more than six month.
It was learnt that, the suspect is the husband of maternal aunt and crime took place during last winter break when victim’s parent left for somewhere and kept the victim with them. When the incident took place, her aunt was gone for a work who works in one of the hotel in Thimphu.
When the teacher noticed the unusual physical growth of a student, the teacher informed her parents to take her to hospital, and then the girl was found to be six months pregnant during medical examination.
Meanwhile, the suspect who is a father of four works as mason and he also admitted the crime.
According to the section 183 and 184 of Penal Code of Bhutan 2004, “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of rape of a child above the age of twelve years, if the defendant has sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of twelve to eighteen years.”
“The offence of rape of a child above the age of twelve years shall be a felony of the third degree.” The case will be forwarded to Office of Attorney General.
Beside this, Thimphu police had also arrested ten people as of now in connection with the theft of mobile phone.
According to the police, if someone found any property, the founder should return back to concern owner. If not the founder will be guilty of larceny of property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake.
As per the Penal Code of Bhutan 2004 of section 253, stated that “A defendant shall be guilty of larceny of property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake, if the defendant comes into control of property known to have been lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the nature or amount of the property or the identity of the recipient and with the purpose of depriving the owner thereof, the defendant fails to take reasonable measures to restore the property to the person entitled to it.”
Meanwhile, starting from 26th of August this year, Thimphu police also arrested and detained 26 people of whom three are female in connection with drugs. Out of that, 15 are arrested and detained by police for illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs under illegal possession. The age ranges from 15-42 years of age.
While, 11 are under the category of abuse and been directed to the Bhutan Narcotic Agency for counseling and treatment. Amongst them, two of them were students and rest all jobless and dropout.

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