Rape of the 12-year old girl

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She was re­turn­ing from her school. She was strolling the usual way. She was think­ing of get­ting home and do­ing the daily rit­u­als as the ru­ral house­hold girl.

Sud­denly, strong hands grabbed her from be­hind. She was car­ried off like a lug­gage to a nearby for­est. She saw the man but she was help­less. His rough physique over­pow­ered her. She tried fight­ing off the at­tack but the man was tough. So she cried out loud for help. And she kept yelling de­spite the at­tacker try­ing to shut her up.

As the man was about to rape her, help came her way. Upon hear­ing the screams her two aun­ties rushed to the scene. The girl was res­cued.

This is what hap­pened on the 5th Au­gust at Takchu vil­lage in Mong­gar.

The vic­tim, a 12-year old, nearly lost her hon­our. But she is liv­ing in fear and shock af­ter that dread­ful in­ci­dent. She is dis­turbed to con­tinue her stud­ies. She of­ten cries and com­plains of some­one try­ing to ap­proach her from be­hind. She doesn’t want to walk that path to school and back home alone.

The Mong­gar po­lice ar­rested the man from a ho­tel where he was work­ing. He was sup­posed to be reg­u­lar­ized as dish­washer for the ho­tel.

“The man worked in my ho­tel for two days and the next day, just when he was about to sign the job agree­ment, po­lice came and ar­rested him,” said the ho­tel owner.

The man con­fessed to the po­lice that he com­mit­ted the crime un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

The man’s mother did not want the vic­tim’s fam­ily to re­port the case to the po­lice. She begged for a mu­tual so­lu­tion. Her son was by her. “My son is drunk and it would be worth­less to talk to him right now, let’s talk to­mor­row,” the mother pleaded the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Next day, the man went miss­ing.

The vic­tim’s fam­ily re­ported the case to vil­lage Tshogpa. The meet­ing with the Tshogpa con­cluded agree­ing to wait for the man to re­turn home. The man’s mother of­fered Nu 200 as com­pen­sa­tion for the crime.

“But I didn’t ac­cept the money. I wanted jus­tice for my sis­ter,” said the vic­tim’s sis­ter.

The wait en­sued. But the man did not turned up. The mother too gave up wait­ing for her son to re­turn.

“I thought he might re­turn home and we will dis­cuss the mat­ter with him. Since he is not re­turn­ing, you can re­port the case to the po­lice and do what­ever you want with him,” the vic­tim’s sis­ter re­called what the mother of the son told her.

The Mong­gar po­lice has for­warded the case to the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral on 22nd Au­gust.

The man is cur­rently un­der the cus­tody of the po­lice. He is 22 years old.

The ver­dict is yet to be heard.

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