CLCS lecturers’ case forwarded to OAG

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Police has completed investigation on nine College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) lecturers and one supporting staff who were compulsory retired in the second week of May for sexual harassment of students.

According to Trongsa police, the investigation has been completed and the case forwarded to Office of the Attorney General (OAG) a week ago.

The College of Language and Cultural Studies (CLCS) in Taktse, Trongsa, filed a complaint to Trongsa police for sexual harassment and misconduct on May 17 this year.

According to Trongsa Police, out of ten suspects, four of them were charged but no evidence was found against six of them.

Police also mentioned that they are on bail now.

Nineteen girls had come forward and lodged a complaint against the nine lecturers and one supporting staff. Out of nine lecturers three of them are on contract basis and six where permanent.

One of the lecturers said that they were not given an opportunity to clarify and explain and they were directly issued the office order of compulsory retirement.

He also said that he does not know on what basis the office order was issued since he never took part in the alleged sexual harassment. However, most of the alleged suspects do not want to comment on the case for now since it is under investigation.

An OAG prosecutor said that currently they are reviewing the case.

The prosecutor said that it will take some time to chargesheet since there are lots of documents to be reviewed.

The office order was issued on May 12 this year, when some of the victims complained of sexual harassment by lecturers to the college President. There were also rumors in the campus about illicit relationship between the lecturers and students.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu

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