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Justice sought in weeks-old rape case

A family alleging their teenage daughter was raped in September has demanded justice in the still-unresolved case in Kampong Chhnang town.

Doung Heab, the 41-year-old father of the victim, says his 14-year-old daughter was attending a concert with a friend, and later went to the grounds of a primary school on the night of September 21.

“When they arrived at the school there were four men there . . . One man raped my daughter while the others helped to catch her, and her friend watched . . . [and] yelled for help” he said.

According to Heab, the friend phoned the victim’s aunt, claiming there was a traffic accident.

“My daughter curses her friend and the four men for doing that to her,” he continued, adding that after the rape, “one of the men took a big stick to hit on her head”, after which the girl lost consciousness.

The victim was sent to the provincial hospital and then to Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital, Heab said, saying his daughter “lost consciousness for nine days, and we only knew she was raped after she woke up”.

A police complaint was filed on October 19, and the family is seeking $20,000 in compensation, as well as the men’s arrest.

“We did not see them [police] take any action,” said the victim’s aunt, Buth Sophanna, 58.

Prack Vuthdy, provincial deputy police chief, said police are on the case despite the complaint having been filed weeks after the alleged assault.

“We do not keep quiet with this case . . . We are investigating to arrest the suspects, and the female friend of the victim is our lead,” he said, before declining to comment further.

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