Upon a complaint made by a 15 year old victim’s brother on March 6, Thimphu police arrested a 29-year-old from Dagana on March 9 for computer pornography. The suspect is a monk of Tashichhodzong, Thimphu.
Along with the suspect, police also arrested six more people (five police personnel and one monk) who were involved in distributing the obscene pictures of a 15-year-old boy.
The complainant is a 20 year old student, and elder brother of the victim. He lodged a complaint when he was informed by his uncle of the obscene picture of the victim doing the rounds on social media app, WeChat.
In February, the suspect while washing his dishes and utensils in a water tap outside his house in Hejo had seen the victim coming to the water tap to bath naked.
Being neighbors, the suspect knew the victim and had splashed cold water over the victim’s head. The victim had then run away to a nearby shop to avoid being splashed with cold water.
The suspect (monk) followed him and meantime one of the suspect’s friend named Chimmi was holding the victim and there the suspect took a picture of the victim who was still naked.
After taking the picture of the victim, he distributed the picture to two of his friends, his roommate (a monk) while the other is a police personnel.
However, as per the statement by the suspect, since he did not distribute the picture further, the police ruled him out. However, police arrested the four police personnel for distributing the pictures within their circle.
The five police personnel were detained on March 24 and were released on March 25 on bail, where as the monk was released on bail on March 17.
As of now, they have not distributed the obscene picture further and the case is under investigation.