Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man, 43, suspected of raping daughter



Man, 43, suspected of raping daughter

Man, 43, suspected of raping daughter

POLICE in the Sen Sok district of Phnom Penh on Tuesday said they arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of raping his daughter.

The man, arrested Monday night, stands accused of forcing his daughter to have sex with him on four occasions between 2000 and 2003, police said.

The girl, now 17, told police her father raped her four times over a three-year period, the first taking place when she was 9 years old. The girl’s father threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the assault, police said.

The father has denied the allegations.

Samleang Seila, country director for the NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, said the girl broke her silence on Monday after her father tried to sexually assault her again.

“She ran away from home immediately while her father chased after her and threw a pole at her,” Samleang Seila said. “Luckily, she arrived at the village chief’s house nearby and told her story.”

Change of heart
The father is being held at Sen Sok police station and is due to appear at Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, district police Deputy Chief Cheav Vibol said Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, the girl tried unsuccessfully to withdraw her complaint because she feared that if her father was imprisoned, there would be no one to help care for her invalid mother, Cheav Vibol said.

Samleang Seila added: “The victim shared a house with her father and a mother who didn’t know about the rape. Now, the victim and her mother will be in the care of her older sister.”

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

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • 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