Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Authorities investigate child rape allegations

Authorities investigate child rape allegations

Authorities investigate child rape allegations

Two children were raped in Kandal and Battambang provinces on Saturday, with one suspect in custody and the other investigation ongoing, the Child Protection Unit (CPU) said yesterday.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man yesterday for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in Battambang, said James McCabe, CPU’s operation manager. A 4-year-old girl was raped in Kandal the same day, McCabe said.

Six cases of serious crimes against children have been reported to authorities so far in 2015, McCabe said. However, “it’s not just Cambodian [problem], it’s a global issue”, he said. “Now we’re just seeing more reporting of these crimes.”

The increase in reporting likely reflects more confidence in the authorities’ ability to investigate, rather than a spike in actual cases, said McCabe.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • Huge 3.5-tonne ivory haul seized in capital

    Working with US officials, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port has uncovered almost 3.5 tonnes of elephant ivory hidden in a container, the US Embassy in Cambodia said on Facebook on Saturday. A tip-off provided to the General Department of Customs and Excise by a US Fish and

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling