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

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there