The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Police beat three boys in Thimphu

March 11: In Thimphu, three young boys have been beaten by the police on suspicion of stealing a wallet from a neighbour’s house in Changjiji. The boys are 11, 12, and 13 years old. They were beaten by the police on Saturday evening after a neighbour who has lost a wallet complained to the police and named the three boys as suspects.

None of the parents of the three boys knew that their children have been beaten by the police. They knew about the incident only after they arrived on the scene after they were informed by the neighbours. The father of one of the boys said they took the children to the hospital the next day because they could not sleep on Saturday night- complaining of pain.

A doctor at the national referral hospital said the boys have been beaten with cable wires. He said the mark of the beating was visible on their thighs.

Later the parents and the neighbour who complained to the police reached a compromise. The neighbour gave the three boys Nu. 500 each.

Police admitted to beating the boys but they said they gave each boy a single lashing because they were talking back. Police said their intention was to scare the boys so that they will cooperate.


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