Crime: Thimphu police has detained two men for molesting a nine-year-old girl on August 21.

The 67-year-old man is the girl’s stepfather while the 58-year-old man is a friend of the stepfather.

The stepfather’s friend said the girl was playing outside when he was on his way to the field that day. When she asked him for money, he said, he gave her Nu 15. Later, on his way home, he said, the girl was still outside playing. He gave her Nu 100 and asked her to come with him.

He said he did not force the girl to come with him. The girl first told her friend about the incident. Her friend informed their teacher, who then reported it to RENEW and later the police.

A medical examination found no sign of penetration and ruled out rape. The suspects also denied the rape allegation.

The case is under investigation and the men are charged for child molestation. The offence of child molestation is a fourth degree felony and imprisonment ranges from three years and above.

By Dechen Tshomo