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On August 4, a video of two men beating up a teenager and making him prostrate and kiss the shoes went viral enraging social media users.

“Kiss my shoes” bully slapped 2.3 years behind bars

Tshering Palden

On August 4, a video of two men beating up a teenager and making him prostrate and kiss the shoes went viral enraging social media users.

Within days, police arrested the man who filmed the incident which took place on June 13.

Last week, the Family and Child bench in Thimphu sentenced the two men to prison terms ranging from one year seven months to two years three months.

A month before the incident, the victim and one of the convicts, Tenzin Lhendup had quarreled.

On June 13, Tenzin Lhendup came looking for the victim with two friends and spotted him at a futsal ground in Babesa. The defendant with his friend, Pasang Dorji, boxed and kicked the victim several times and then asked Pasang Dorji to film it on his mobile phone.

The defendant made the victim prostrate repeatedly and also kiss his shoes.

Tenzin Lhendup confessed that he had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. He pleaded to the judge for a minimum sentence as he wished to continue his studies.

The OAG prosecutor argued that if he was sent off with a light punishment, he would continue to abuse substances and pose a threat to the others in the society.

According to section 215, child battery of the Child Care and Protection Act 2011, a person is guilty of battering a child, if a person purposely uses physical force or causes the child to be subjected to a physical force. The offence of battering a child shall be a petty misdemeanor or a misdemeanor, if aggravated circumstances are present.

Tenzin Lhendup has been a repeat offender, as he was arrested by police for engaging in fights. His parents were divorced. He finished higher secondary school. Police record showed that he abused controlled substances. The court found that he had not attended the mandatory rehabilitation programme of habitual substance abusers despite a court order.

The court sentenced Tenzin Lhendup from Thimphu thromde to two years and three months in prison. He was arrested on August 8.

The accomplice, Pasang Dorji was sentenced to a year and seven months in prison from the day of his arrest on August 7.

The third man Sonam Jamtsho is slapped a fine of Nu 3,750, equivalent to one month wage,  for failing to report the crime.

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