A traditional healer in Banteay Meanchey was arrested and charged on Tuesday with raping an under-age girl under the pretense of helping her claim an inheritance from a former life, police said yesterday.
Si Savy, Mongkol Borei district police chief, said the victim’s mother bought herbal medicine for her daughter from the healer, Nith Thorn, 58.
When her daughter, 14, answered a phone call that Nith Thorn had made to her mother, the healer told her she owned a pile of treasure from her last life and he would take her to claim it, said Si Savy.
The girl then followed the suspect to a secluded place far from the village and was ordered to strip along with Nith Thorn, as a necessary means of possessing the treasure.
Afterward, the healer proceeded to rape the girl.
“The suspect told the girl ‘do not shout and tell anyone’.
He gave her 10,000 riel (US$2.50) and told her ‘we have to do that 11 times, then you will get a lot of treasure’,” Si Savy added.
The girl’s mother filed a complaint with police after her daughter told her what had happened.
Nith Thorn has admitted to the crime and will be sent to court today, Si Savy said.
Late last year, Banteay Meanchey saw another practicioner of traditional healing – this one in Serei Saophoan district – charged with raping his niece, whom he was meant to be treating.
According to figures released at the Ministry of Interior’s annual conference on Tuesday, there were 356 cases of rape reported in 2011, an increase of 10 per cent from 321 in 2010.