Thanks to cash reward, an Informer made it possible for Royal Bhutan Police to catch the Convicts from Bey Langdra. Few days back the life-sentenced 3 Convicts who had carried out thefts of religious items from Stupas had managed to escape from Wangdue Phodrang Police lockup.
This would be a big relief for the Police. I hope the successful rearrest would provide some relief to the 3 Police personnel under whose watch the break out happened. Many prisoners all over the world do attempt to escape and some are successful though most are rearrested sooner or later. Few such break away prisoners even volunteer to return to prison because of free shelter, food, clothes and possibly company. However, possibly only in Bhutan, the prisoners who make a break away are substituted by their Police keepers. And the services of Jail Superintendents can be even terminated. How is that for human rights logic or professional sense of responsibility?
In matters of religious theft, as bad as it is both morally and spiritually, I feel that it is now time for Bhutan to have a re-look at heavy handed laws that hands out life sentences to Chorten ( Stupa) robbers. The laws were passed based on emotional and spiritual passion during those bygone days when Buddhism was the State Religion. It was then rightly construed as an insult to the State to rob Temples and Stupas.
Now the national political character has undergone dramatic changes. There is freedom of religion. Buddhism is no longer the State Religion. Therefore, robbery especially of unguarded Stupas should be offence of similar nature as that of shoplifting. The sentencing need to be value based. The Nation need to be more humanly conscious and must gradually discard the role of devil's advocate.
I would continue to condemn all types of theft whether Chorten robbers or Public Fund Embezzlers. But life imprisonment for Chorten robbers? Come on Kingdom of Bhutan ! Wake up from religious fanaticism and dark age feudalism!