Monk Accused of Raping 13-Year-Old in Pagoda

A defrocked monk is scheduled to appear for questioning in Kompong Speu Provincial Court to­day on allegations that he raped a 13-year-old girl, police said Tues­day.

Seang Chantha, 18, is accused of assaulting the girl inside the Tra­­paing Chhouk pagoda in Sam­raong Tong district around noon Saturday while the rest of the monks and nuns slept, said provincial police Chief Nop Oeun.

The girl had been brought to the pagoda by her aunt to help serve the monks, said Phat Kim­hong, Samraong Tong district po­lice chief.

Seang Chantha was arrested at his mother’s house in the district’s Pneay commune shortly af­ter the attack, Phat Kimhong said.

“It is a bad act that he went into monkhood to serve…and instead he raped the girl,” Phat Kimhong said.

In a separate case, Kompong Thom provincial police are sear­ch­ing for a 41-year-old man ac­cused of impregnating his 17-year-old stepdaughter and at­temp­ting to kill his wife, according to a human rights worker.

Kun Sitha, Adhoc’s women’s sec­tion chief for Kompong Thom province, said the victim has abor­ted the fetus and has been sent to the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Cen­ter in Phnom Penh.

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