Police on the lookout for second suspect involved in a gang rape

Police have arrested one of the two suspects

A 24-year-old woman was admitted to the Wangduephodrang hospital on the evening of January 23 after she was found in an unconscious and half-naked state by her employer, on a school ground in Bajothang, at around 7:30 p.m.

The victim, working as a cook, had narrated the story after she gained consciousness.

The victim along with her two male friends had visited one of the bars in the town for some drinks after work. She was totally drunk while the two male friends were in a semi- drunken state. She had no memory of what unfolded after that till she found herself in the hospital.

According to the police, medical reports and condition of the victim confirmed that she was raped.

After the victim’s statement, Wangduephodrang police began searching for the two suspects.

Of the two suspects, a 23-year-old man working as a machine operator for a construction firm, from Dagana was arrested from his home in Bajothang the very next day. While the other suspects, a 25-year- old man from Sarpang, a cook working with the victim, is still at large.

Police said that the other suspect had gone missing right after the incident.

The 23-year-old suspect, currently under detention, has already confessed to the crime, according to the police.

Wangdue police have asked for assistance from the Sarpang police in arresting the second suspect who is from Sarpang. “We have a doubt that the suspect might have fled to his village in Sarpang, so for that matter, we have asked for their help,” the Officer in-Charge of Wangdue police station said.

According to the police, the suspects will be charged with the offence of gang rape, under the Penal Code of Bhutan, which states a gang rape is when two or more persons engages in raping another person. The crime of gang rape is a third degree felony with a prison term of five to nine years.

Chencho Dema 

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