Rape of the 12-year old girl
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.