Sexual assault on a minor girl in Kalimpong

Kalimpong:Not even a day has passed since a survey report by child rights organization Bal Suraksha Aviyan revealed children being unsafe in the town, an incident of sexual assault on a minor girl has surfaced in Kalimpong. Accused Sagar Bhutia aka LS Bunty (25), who is a resident of 11th Mile here, was today arrested by the police.

Sexual assault on a minor girl in Kalimpong
Sexual assault on a minor girl in Kalimpong

According to the victim, who is a 13 year old girl, Bunty had been making unwelcomed physical advances towards her since past six months. The victim has alleged Bunty used to forcefully expose her to obscene videos in his mobile phone while trying to physically harass her. The victim’s family said since they had been living as tenants in Bunty’s house, the girl had not been able to disclose the matter earlier.

The minor has alleged Bunty used to sexually harass her when there would be no one else in the house. She stated when she would be alone with her four year old brother, Bunty used to take chance to assault her sexually. Reportedly she had abstained from disclosing the issue fearing expulsion from the house. However, family sources said she had been urging her mother to shift to another place since a few months.

The crime came into light only on January 10 when the victim girl shared the details of the incidents with one of her neighbours after the family decided to shift into another house. When her mother came to know about the happenings the matter took another turn as Bunty’s family tried to dismiss the matter, following which the family lodged a complaint with the police.

Victim’s mother said, “My daughter seemed disturbed since past few months but we could not make out the reasons behind her mood. She spoke to me about the incident only after I came to know about it through our neighbor.” She added the police complaint was filed as her daughter herself insisted on it. Meanwhile the victim has also alleged the house owners used to force her to do their household works “like a servant”.


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