Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Harassment case: Waitress left in tears, sues ‘two gropers’

Harassment case: Waitress left in tears, sues ‘two gropers’

Harassment case: Waitress left in tears, sues ‘two gropers’

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre official is one of two suspects accused of sexual harassment against a waitress in Banteay Meanchey province’s Sisophon district, officials confirmed yesterday.

The charges stem from an incident occurring last Tuesday night at Stung Sen restaurant in Preah Ponlea commune’s Kbal Spean village. The accuser, 25-year-old waitress Hi Theavy, told the Post yesterday that the CMAC official and one of his friends forced her to drink alcohol and groped her. Hi Theavy said she filed a compliant to rights group Adhoc the following day.

“I would like the court to find justice for this case by detaining the suspects and demanding US$2,000 in compensation,” she said.

Sith Loas, chief of Banteay Meanchey province’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection office, confirmed yesterday that Hi Theavy had levelled sexual harassment charges against the CMAC official and one other suspect. He said the latter had been brought in for questioning on Sunday, while the CMAC official and various witnesses would be brought in today.

“We will send the suspects to court within the week,” he said. Adhoc provincial coordinator Sum Chankeary said that his office would supply a lawyer for the waitress. She “called me and was crying. She said she asked the men not to touch her body, but they didn’t care and continued to do so,” he added.

CMAC general director Heng Ratana could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • 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

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from