Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December.

The court found Choki Gyeltshen from Umling, Sarpang guilty of rape and was sentenced in accordance to section 178 of the Penal Code of Bhutan.

“He was imprisoned only for three years because the girl has already crossed 18 years of age,” the verdict stated.

Gelephu police arrested him after the incident on December 24 and medical examination at the Gelephu regional hospital found the girl pregnant.

The incident happened in Umling where the defendant and the girl were introduced by one of their friends while they were herding cattle. The girl’s mother reported the case first to the village tshogpa who then informed the police.