Recently, there have been two shocking incidents of rape in Sikkim. The first incident involved the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl by Pritam Sharma, a resident of Bihar, at Pangthang. The accused is now in custody of the Gangtok District Sikkim police.
In the second incident, a 90-year-old bedridden woman who was physically challenged was raped by her neighbor, Chengda Bhutia. The accused is now on the run, and the police have registered a case against him under relevant sections of the IPC. A team of Sikkim police has initiated a lookout for the criminal.
These incidents are extremely concerning and highlight the urgent need for better protection and safety measures for women and vulnerable communities in Sikkim.
Details of Case
FIR was lodged on 20.04.2023 , crime committed as per complainant (son of victim) on 19.04.2023. FIR Case No C/W GPS Case FIR No 14/23, Under Sec(s) 450/376 of IPC. 25 member team of West Sikkim Police of Gayzing District lead by SHO / PI Silash Tamang accomplished arrest within 24 hours. Accused was arrested from jungle near Hungry Gumpa situated above Nesa Village, Tashiding.
State Women’s Commission Reacts To Case , Press Release 21 April 2023
The State Commission for Women strongly condemns the sexual assault/rape on a 90-year-old women reported from West Sikkim. The Commission has taken cognizance of the said case and has requested the Police to fast track the investigation process so that perpetrator is brought to justice.
Further, the Commission is in touch with the Investigating Officer and has offered to provide any assistance required. The Commission has also deputed special interpreter to ensure that the victim can be provided counselling and assistance.
The Commission request all members of the society to remain vigilant and urge them to report any instances of sexual abuse on Women and Children before the appropriate authorities. Any individual can reach out to the following numbers
Updated at 6:00 PM : In the latest development accused Chenga Tshering Bhutia aged 55 yr son of Tentek Dorjee Bhutia has been arrested by West Sikkim Police from jungle who was absconding after committing heinous crime of rape on 90-yr-old elderly physically challenged woman. 25 police personnel were pressed in for searching the absconding accused. Reportedly , it was son of victim who is the witness in the rape case.
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