Authorities will not file criminal charges against a 35-year-old Kompong Thom province woman who admitted to nailing her teen-age daughter’s foot to the floor because the woman has to care for her children, a Stung Sen district police chief said.
Mao Savoeun, of Damrey Chhon Klar commune, confessed to nailing her daughter’s right foot to the floorboards of their wooden home, but court officials are reluctant to file charges because she has four young daughters who depend upon her, district police chief Srey Puthy said.
“This family lives day by day. It is very hard to judge,” he said.
Mao Savoeun told police she was angry with her daughter, Sen Srey Srorn, 13, because the girl snuck out of her home last Wednesday and gone to a local pagoda to enjoy a party for the Water Festival.
While the teen-ager slept that night, Mao Savoeun snatched her right leg and hammered the teen’s foot into the floor with a 5 cm nail, driven just beneath the girl’s middle toe, police said. After releasing the girl, Mao Savoeun made her drag water in from more than 100 meters away as Sen Srey Srorn’s sisters looked on.
Authorities released Mao Savoeun after “educating” her about domestic violence and making her promise not to abuse her children again, Srey Puthy said.
This has draw criticism from the human rights group Licadho, which has appealed to a local court to file charges in what would be Kompong Thom’s first case of domestic violence against children ever prosecuted, a Licadho official said.