Bumthang police investigating an alleged child abuse case

The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) is awaiting an investigation report from the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) on an alleged child abuse case in Bumthang.

NCWC director, Kunzang Lhamu, said it is too early to comment on the case, as they have to carry out many tests and ascertain allegations, she said the child was removed from her guardian, as police felt the child was in difficult circumstances.

Superintendent of police in Bumthang, Lt. Colonel Wangdi Tshering, said they are investigating the case and nothing concrete has come out of the investigation as of now.

“The child is being treated and that is the most important thing right now,” he said.

It was learnt that the guardian, who works in a corporation in Bumthang, first brought the child, an eight -year-old girl, to Wangdicholing hospital in April with severe wounds and infection and the medical officer informed the police.

It was also learnt that the guardians told police that the child was with them for the last two years and they do not know how the child suffered the wounds and infections. 

Sources in Bumthang said they saw the child limping when she was brought to the hospital. “People, who saw the child, said she has grave wounds and health officials say she might suffer impairment,” a source in Bumthang said. 

Staff reporter

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