A family in Gelephu is struggling to get back their 16 year old daughter who is alleged to have eloped more than a week ago with a 24-year-old Mechey man that she is alleged to have a relation with.
The minor is a class seven student and was recently admitted to one of the schools in Wangduephodrang. Its alleged that the man’s friend allegedly took her from her sister’s restaurant in Bajo on February 16 evening.
Following the incident, her parents and relatives called her and the man’s sister, and learnt that she was in his house. The case was reported to police.“We informed the police but were told they can’t do anything since it’s outside the gate,” the girl’s elder sister Rinchen Palden said. “We informed the Indian police and BIFA officials too, but they were irresponsive.”
Rinchen Palden said she went to the man’s house with a friend to fetch her sister but alleged that the locals threatened them. “She is a minor and we’re worried about her future,” she said. “We just want her back.”
She said, her mother, a vegetable vendor in Gelephu town keeps crying and isn’t eating while her father is out of station. A similar incident had occurred earlier too. She alleged that a non-Bhutanese man who frequently visited the border town of Gelephu influenced her sister to elope with him. It took them more than a week to get her home.
“The man and a group of friends came to threaten us,” she said. “Informing the police saved us.” The family then sent her to live and study in Wangdue.
Its alleged that the man known as Abraham has sent his sister’s tipper driver, a Bhutanese to fetch her all the way from Wangdue. “He should be charged for both rape and kidnap of a minor,” the sister said.
By Tshering Namgyal, Tsirang