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Man receives five years for raping a minor

Aug 26, 2011

The Gelephu dungkhag court today sentenced a 29-year-old man from Chengmari in Samtse to five years in prison for raping a 13-year-old minor.

The man denied raping the girl. He said it was consensual and they had a two year relationship.

In her statement to the court, the girl admitted to the relationship with the man. She said they intended to get married.

The matter was brought to the notice of the police in May by the girl’s mother who caught them in a hotel in Gelephu. It was later discovered that they were attempting to elope and had been staying in the hotel.

Sex with a minor is considered a statutory rape even it was consensual under the penal code of Bhutan

According to section 183, a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of rape of a child above the age of 12 years, if the defendant has sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of 12 and 18.

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