Trongsa court pronounces verdict in the Sherubling student battery case

The verdict on the two Indian teachers of Sherubling Higher Secondary School (HSS) who were accused of battering a 19 year old student whose only mistake was entering a classroom to study on 8 December last year was passed on 8 April by the Trongsa Dzongkhag court.

The charges imposed on the suspects and the victim by the police was revoked by the court. And in addition the court had ordered the two teachers to pay a total of Nu 12,000 within 10 days to the victim.

The teachers were charged for the offence of battery and aiding and abetting accordingly by the police.

The 40-year old teacher, the main accused was charged for battery under section 158 of the Penal Code of Bhutan which states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence, if the defendant purposely uses physical force of an adverse nature on another person.

The offence of battery shall be a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor, if aggravated circumstances are present the section 159 states.

While the other 39-year old teacher was charged for aiding and abetting which under section 125 states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of aiding and abetting a crime, if the defendant engages in a conduct designed to accommodate or help another person in the commission of a crime.

Trongsa police had also levied two charges against the 19-year old Sangay Tenzin. The charges were that of trespass and malicious mischief under the Penal Code of Bhutan.

The matter was reported to the police on the evening of 8 December last year.

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