A 39-year old, local tourist guide is under Paro police’s custody after he was arrested following a formal complaint filed by a 29 year old foreign national of Melbourne, Australia on 5 December at around 1:35 am according to which the tourist guide had assaulted and sexually harassed her in a drunken state.
The victim had flown from Bangkok on 4 December alone and was received as a tourist by the tour agency operated by the suspect.
The same night the Australian tourist had gone out for dinner accompanied by the suspect (her guide). During the course of the night out, the suspect asked if she wanted to visit bars and eventually they went out for drinks in some bars in Paro town.
The suspect was drunk while the victim was still sober and in her senses although she did consume some glasses of beer.
On their way back to the hotel room, the suspect tried to touch her body. Not feeling safe she got out of the vehicle and started to walk toward the hotel, but the suspect forcefully pulled her back to the vehicle and had pushed her several times on her chest (between chest and stomach).
Somehow the victim managed to escape from the drunken suspect and hid in the nearby bushes.
From her hiding spot she had immediately called up the police.
The suspect was arrested on the morning of 5 December from one of the hotel rooms in Paro.
The Bhutanese learnt that the suspect cliams that he ‘does not recollect what exactly happened since he was drunk during the time of the incident’.
The Paro police refused to comment on the issue.
Chencho Dema / Thimphu