Suspects in viral bullying video arrested

Suspects in viral bullying video arrested

A 20-year-old man was arrested and detained on Monday morning after a video footage of a 17-year old being assaulted by him surfaced on social media this week. The video clip has provoked outrage among netizens demanding justice for the victim.

This issue was notified to police via social media and accordingly the police had circulated the picture of the suspect among police personnel. One of the police then had identified the suspect who was arrested from his house in Olakha workshop.

Officer-in-command (OC), Major Nima Tshering said the suspect and the victim had a confrontation prior to the incident.

The suspect and his friends were walking along the Babesa expressway when the suspect saw the victim playing Futsal near Village Restaurant. The victim tried to run away but he was caught by the suspect and was assaulted while another friend of the suspect recorded the incident.

The person who documented the incident was detained on Wednesday. The videographer is a 20-year old who has completed his class XII. Major Nima Tshering said that he will also be charged for battery case as he was involved in the case.

Police are still looking for the person who uploaded the video on social media.

The victim is a class IX drop-out from one of the central schools in Thimphu while the suspect is a class XI drop-out from a private school.

The suspect will be charged for battery and harassment. Section 158 of the Penal Code of Bhutan states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence, if the defendant purposely uses physical force of an adverse nature on another person. The offence of battery shall be a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor, if aggravated circumstances are present, section 159 states. While section 462 states that a defendant shall be guilty of harassment if the defendant engages in a course of conduct that places a person in reasonable fear of emotional or mental distress.  Section 463 states the offence as petty misdemeanor.

According to the OC, this is the second case of bullying reported to the Thimphu police. The first case was reported last July where a man was shown in a video bullying another including physically assaulting him and making the victim lick his boots.

The clip had gone viral on social media, prompting the police to arrest him from his home in Darla Gewog in Phuentsholing. In this case too, the suspect and victim had a confrontation in the past before the clip was shot. The suspect was slapped one year and six months of imprisonment while his three friends were convicted for failure to report the incident.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu