Two Child Rapes Bring Reports to Over 60 This Year

Kandal Provincial Court on Monday charged a 28-year-old man for allegedly raping his 15-year-old niece multiple times this month, officials said. 

In Kompong Cham province’s Memot district, police are searching for a 35-year-old man who allegedly raped his 15-year-old stepdaughter in a bamboo grove on Monday, police said.

The two cases are the 60th and 61st child rapes to be reported by The Cambodia Daily so far this year.

Nuo Vechet, 28, was arrested on Saturday after allegedly raping his niece two times this month and attempting to rape her twice more at their home in

Kandal Stung district’s Rolaing Ken commune, said deputy district military police chief Thorn Ratha.

“He attempted to rape her for the last time on Saturday,” Mr Ratha said, noting that he was prevented by her grandmother coming home. The victim told her sister in spite of death threats from Mr Vechet, he said.

The family filed a complaint with military police after Mr Vechet refused to give them the house and land as compensation, he added.

Choeung Thos, Rolaing Ken commune first council member, said Mr Vechet in fact allegedly raped his niece about eight times. “Her family asked me and the village chief to negotiate compensation because they live together,” Mr Thos said. They do “not want others to hear this story.”

Kandal provincial deputy prosecutor Vong Bun Vesoth said Mr Vechet was put in pretrial detention at Kandal provincial prison after being charged.

In a separate case, 35-year-old Soeng Ang allegedly raped his teenage stepdaughter while they were searching for bamboo shoots in Kampoan commune, said Ouk Sieng Hun, deputy chief of Kompong Cham provincial juvenile protection section. “He [allegedly] raped her in a bamboo grove during a quiet time,” said Ms Sieng Hun, noting the pair stopped at the grove around noon on their return for work planting cassava nearby.

Police were searching for Mr Ang who fled after the victim’s aunt filed a police complaint, she said.

 

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