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Kratie man arrested for beating wife to death

A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly beating his 51-year-old wife to death with a photo frame in Kratie’s Snoul district.

District police officer Chan Sokim said the suspect, Hin Nan, 45, attacked his wife, In Sou, with the frame after a drunken argument in which she accused him of not earning enough, and beating her and their six children when he was drunk.

She was found dead on Sunday morning. Nan was charged with serious domestic violence causing death.

Domestic violence incidents are common in Cambodia, especially among poor households and people with disabilities, said Ponnary Pat, executive director for women’s NGO Banteay Srei, which empowers women and provides shelter.

The victim’s sister, In Sophan, said the couple was prone to violence. “She was the most tolerant woman I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Pat said the government needs to invest more funding in this area. Communes currently receive an annual budget of about $800 to $1,000.

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