A MIDDLE-AGED woman is presently sitting in a Kampot prison waiting to die while
local authorities remain unwilling to listen to pleas for clemency, Vigilance
human rights worker BK San said.
BK San said the woman was married in
1981 and thereafter subjected to five years of physical and mental abuse by her
She bore two children, worked to raise them, and
complained to police and other agencies about the constant abuse, begging them
to help her, he said.
But she received no help. After being beaten and
raped by her drunk husband one night, she killed him as he slept.
she was sentenced to 16 years jail. In the eight years she has spent there til
now, both her children have died - due to malnutrition and disease, BK San said
- as has her mother, In all three cases, the woman was not allowed to attend
"If she had just one domlung of gold the authorities
would let her go, but she has nothing," he said.
"She is waiting to die
in prison. She will not last another eight years," he said.
He said she
has told him that without her freedom and with all her family dead, her life is
"I would like to help her get released. I can get her a job, giving
her proper respect and a small salary cooking for workers in a factory," he