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Police forwards Taktse case to court

After reviewing the report of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Trongsa police forwarded the Taktse case to Trongsa court on August 2.

OAG sent the review report to Trongsa police on July 10.

Three lecturers, a 30-year-old lecturer from Paro, the 32-year-old assistant lecturer from Wangduephodrang and the 32-year-old assistant lecturer from Chukha, were charged for sexual harassment.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled on August 14.

The case first surfaced after 19 students lodged complaints against the staff to the college management. The college compulsorily retired the 10 staff for alleged sexual harassment on May 10.

Of the 10 staff involved in the alleged case, nine were lecturers and one was a supporting staff. Of the nine lecturers, six were permanent staff and three were on contract.

The college lodged the complaint to Trongsa police on May 17.

Trongsa police and a special investigation team took more than a month to investigate the case of the nine lecturers and a supporting staff of CLCS after the college management compulsorily retired them for their alleged involvement in official misconduct and sexual harassment in May this year.

The RBP headquarter forwarded the investigation report of the Trongsa police and a special investigation team report to OAG on June 27.

OAG has dropped charges against two serving lectures and a former lecturer of the College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa, and reduced the charges against three others to sexual harassment.

OAG has also asked Trongsa police to prosecute the case since sexual harassment offence is graded a petty misdemeanor.

Police charged six lecturers, four who were compulsorily retired and two who are still serving in the college but married to students, for criminal attempt to custodial rape, attempt to rape, official misconduct, sexual harassment and battery.

Nim Dorji | Trongsa

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