The government has failed in recent years to take steps to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge, according to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday charged a 34-year-old man for raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Sen Sok district, while another man was charged for raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter in Kratie province, police said.
Nhean Nonn, Khmuonh commune police chief said that police arrested Vong Hoeurn, a tuk-tuk driver, on Sunday.
“We arrested him after we received a complaint from the grandmother of the victim on Sunday accusing the suspect of raping the granddaughter many times,” he said.
Som Lythol, Sen Sok district penal police chief, said the suspect was brought to the municipal court Tuesday to be charged.
After his arrest, Vong Hoeurn admitted to raping the girl twice, but said he was drunk both times.
“The suspect said that the times he had raped the girl he had been drunk and his wife had left him at home alone with his stepdaughter,” Mr. Nonn said, adding that the girl told police that Vong Hoeurn had threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the rape.
The victim’s grandmother filed a complaint about the rapes, which took place on November 20 and 21, after the girl’s younger brother informed her.
“The 7-year-old told the grandmother and the mother on December 24, and then they filed a complaint,” Mr. Nonn said.
In a separate case, the Kratie Provincial Court on Tuesday charged a 52-year-old man for raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter repeatedly, police said.
Sreu Chealy, Chet Borei deputy district police chief said that police arrested Long Thol on Monday in Thmei commune.
“The suspect had raped the victim many times in the past and did it again on Sunday night,” he said.
On Sunday, the girl told her mother of the ongoing abuse, which she had been afraid to disclose previously because her stepfather had threatened to kill her.
The mother then filed a complaint to the police, Mr. Chealy said.
“The suspect admitted that he had raped his stepdaughter and he was brought to the provincial court yesterday to be charged,” he said.
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