Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fifteen-year-old girl found killed in Ratanakkiri

Fifteen-year-old girl found killed in Ratanakkiri

Fifteen-year-old girl found killed in Ratanakkiri

Police have no suspects in the homicide of a 15-year-old ethnic Tumpoun girl from Ratanakkiri province last week – the third violent death of a teenage indigenous girl in the province in four months.

Laminh Commune Chief Mein Ren said the body of the grade six student, Khveh Kha, was found in a cashew farm in Bakeo district.

“Based on the examination of her body last week, the victim was not raped,” Ren said. “In this case, the suspect took the victim’s bracelet and her motorcycle was left there.”

In October, an 18-year-old Tumpoun high school student was found raped and murdered in Lumphat district. And earlier this month, an 18-year-old ethnic Kroeung student was also found murdered and sexually assaulted in Banlung town. The killings have shocked the indigenous community in Ratanakkiri province. Yun Larong, coordinator at the Cambodia Indigenous People Association (CIPA), called on the authorities to provide more protections for ethnic minority women.

“Parents are now concerned that their daughters have no security and are thinking to just let them stay home and not go to school, and want to ask their kids to drop school since they have not found any other options or better care for the indigenous people from the government yet,” Larong said.

Theresa de Langis, a Cambodia-based gender researcher, said communities should resist reacting in a way that restricts women's movement, but said small communities can pull together to do a neighbourhood watch or raise awareness about the rights of women.

“Even though it’s good intentions, it can also backfire. It can also restrict women’s ability to be out and about and do what they need to do and make contributions to the community. The advice can’t be ‘stay indoors’. It needs to be, as a community, that this won't be tolerated and we will support women’s rights to work and be out and about.”

Updates to follow.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release