Phurpa Lhamo | Wangdue

Police in Punakha detained a 27-year-old man for allegedly raping his 17-year-old sister-in-law on August 21.

The alleged incident occurred early morning on August 21.

The suspect is from Dzomi gewog in Punakha.

According to sources, the suspect had come home drunk and allegedly entered the victim’s room and raped her.

Sources said that when the victim told her elder sister, who is the suspect’s wife, about the incident, the sister confronted her husband, but he became aggressive. The two sisters ran away from the house and stayed in a neighbour’s house.

It was learnt that the man and his wife came to stay with the younger sister since the father was away from the house.

The sisters informed the father and he reported the matter to the police. The suspect initially admitted to the crime to the police but later denied it. However, medical report confirmed the sexual assault.

Based on the suspect’s confession and the medical examination confirming that the victim was raped, Punakha police forwarded the case to the Attorney General’s Office yesterday.

Edited by Tashi Dema