Accused RO sent to Rongneck jail over child abuse

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Tenzing Wangyal Lepcha, resident of Tathangchen, Gangtok, who works at the state’s forest department as a Range Officer (RO) has been alleged under the article 324 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon or means or beating a child, who was a domestic helper in his house.

The accused has been sent to the State Central Prison at Rongneck, East Sikkim, as per the case registered.

“The investigation is under process”, informed Investigative Officer of the case, R.W. Bhutia.

It has been learnt from the sources that the child was handed over by the family when she was 4 years old. Now she is 10 years old and studying in Government School, Gangtok. She was brutally beaten up by the accused over allegedly stealing Rs 200/-.

The school after noticing the bruises informed the District Child Protection Office (DCPO), East.

“Two officers were deported in the school and after counselling, the victim child confessed that she had stolen the said amount which was the prime reason for abuse. The child was brought to Sadar Police Station where the officials of the District Child Protection Office checked the wounds and she was sent for medical examination after which she was taken to one of the children’s home,” informed the DCPO, East.

She further added, “During the medical examination it was found that there are no internal injuries and no sign of sexual abuse. The case is under Social Welfare and Justice Department and the child will receive shelter and schooling facilities from the department”.

The child’s family belongs to Temi Tarku, South Sikkim. Her mother who works as an agricultural helper said, “we had handed over our child so she could acquire good education which was not capable to deliver due to financial situations. We haven’t received any kind of money from the family in return.”

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