Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Disabled woman raped, killed in Tbong Khmum

Disabled woman raped, killed in Tbong Khmum

The Tbong Khmum hut where a Cham Muslim woman with an intellectual disability was raped and murdered on Friday. Police have arrested Hab Yan, 45, on suspicion of the crimes. Fresh News
The Tbong Khmum hut where a Cham Muslim woman with an intellectual disability was raped and murdered on Friday. Police have arrested Hab Yan, 45, on suspicion of the crimes. Fresh News

Disabled woman raped, killed in Tbong Khmum

A man is in police custody after he allegedly raped and killed a Cham Muslim woman with an intellectual disability in Tbong Khmum on Friday, in a horrific case that prompted calls for better legal protection for people living with disabilities in Cambodia.

It was also the latest case in which commune authorities have failed to investigate serious crimes against women, instead allowing them to be resolved through informal negotiations.

Tbong Khmum District Police Chief Suos Sealy said suspect Hab Yan, 45, was arrested on Friday evening for allegedly raping and murdering the 48-year-old woman.

Hab Yan, 45, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of raping and murdering a Cham woman with an intellectual disability. National Police
Hab Yan, 45, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of raping and murdering a Cham woman with an intellectual disability. National Police

“The suspect admitted that he raped the victim in the past and she was pregnant for four months, but both families negotiated to abort the child in order to end the case and provide a little compensation,” he said. The abortion occurred in late 2016.

Ket Thorn, chief of Sralop commune police, said the victim’s body was discovered in her hut when villagers noticed she hadn’t left home that morning.

“They saw the victim’s throat was slit and they screamed,” Thorn said.

Thorn admitted he was aware of the previous compensation, but did not investigate the rape “because the family did not file a complaint”.

The victim’s brother-in-law alleged Yan’s abuse continued after their negotiation.

“Injustice against people with a disability [persists],” said Ngin Saoroth, executive director of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation. “They are less protected before the law. Most of the lawyers and judges do not know how to protect them.”

Gender and Development for Cambodia’s Ros Sopheap, meanwhile, said police had been “irresponsible”, adding that if they had investigated when the first crime took place, the woman might still be alive.

“The rapist still has to bear responsibility and go to jail,” she said. “This case shows people know – but they always underestimate – violence against women.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Final verdicts for Khmer Rouge leaders ‘vital’ for next generation

    Nearly a decade after the commencement of Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan back in 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is now set to deliver its final verdict for the former Khmer Rouge head of state. The Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC,

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement