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Doctor questioned over beating of teenage girl

A doctor was brought in for questioning and then released by Kampot’s anti-human trafficking police on Wednesday evening after he allegedly tortured a teenage girl, officials said yesterday.

Khem Sith, 44, a doctor at Kampot’s provincial referral hospital, was interrogated following allegations that he repeatedly physically assaulted a 14-year-old girl, who has been living with him for a year.

“On 31 January, the doctor . . . accused the girl of stealing $30. He beat her at nighttime then she fled the home,” said Kampot’s Krang Ampil deputy commune chief Mey Touch said. “The neighbours told me that the doctor often beat the girl and worked her hard like a slave, doing housework and looking after the cows at the rice field, even when it was raining.”

Officials could not confirm Sith’s relation with the girl.

After the girl came back home from running away, police brought the doctor in for interrogation, Touch added.

During questioning, provincial anti-human trafficking department police chief Chhin Oav said that the doctor admitted to using a fishing net to beat the girl about two or three times, because she stole his money.

“The prosecutor and I found that it is not serious torture and then we allowed them to return home,” Oav said.



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