A Kampong Cham province man was arrested by police and sent to court on Monday under suspicion of raping his 6-year-old daughter. Arrested on Saturday, Chinh Pruonh, 37, was taken into custody in Chamka Leu district’s Choam Chrey village, said Heng Vuthy, Kampong Cham’s provincial deputy police chief.
“Perhaps on Tuesday the court will have ended the investigation and decided [whether or not] to charge him,” Vuthy said. Nhem Thol, Chamka Andong commune police chief, claimed the suspect has two kids. Witnesses say they suspect the man was drunk when the crime took place on Saturday evening.
“On that night, his wife was there and so were the in-laws,” he continued. Thol said that family members were alerted by the girl’s screams, and when officers arrived she recounted the episode. Her father was then arrested. “It is disturbing the levels of crisis we have reached that such a case can even happen,” said San Chey, head of NGO ANSA.