Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Sorcerer’ reassured by police protection

‘Sorcerer’ reassured by police protection

‘Sorcerer’ reassured by police protection

110421_5b
Rocham Char, a 52-year-old ethnic Jarai villager, has been accused of sorcery and threatened with death.

An ethnic Jarai man accused of being a sorcerer and threatened with death by fellow villagers in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district reportedly no longer fears for his safety after police promised to intervene.

Rocham Char, 52, filed a complaint with local rights group Adhoc last week, which stated that villagers had threatened to kill him if another person within the community fell sick.

O’Yadav district police summoned him and his family to their headquarters yesterday for questioning regarding the complaint.

Officials said they offered him protection and promised to educate villagers to avoid any further confusion.

Rocham Char’s family said last week that he had been accused of using black magic to induce severe fevers in residents of the Somkul village in Som Thom commune earlier this month.

Ma Vichet, O’Yadav district police chief, said yesterday that Rocham Char and his family were pleased after protection from villagers was offered in order to help them to stop living in fear of persecution.

“His family is safe again and is confident that police will assist to coordinate with the villagers in order for them not to misunderstand,” he said. “There is no witch! It is the ethnic minorities’ traditional beliefs,” he added.

Ma Vichet added that on Friday he will coordinate with the district governor and commune chief to conduct a public forum to educate villagers and stop them from believing that there is sorcery taking place in the village. He suggested that when villagers become ill with fever, it is usually due to food hygiene problems, which can lead to sorcery allegations.

He added that authorities will also seek to educate villagers about proper hygiene techniques at the forum.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading