DocumentDocument: Letter to Editor of the Cambodia Daily
We write regarding the Daily's recent stories regarding the rape of a 19-year-old Kompong Cham woman by two police officers in Phnom Penh.
It now appears that the two officers involved will not be prosecuted ("Police Chief Says No Need to Prosecute Officers," Nov. 5, 2009). According to Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Touch Naruth, no rape was committed because the victim "is not a virgin," and because she allegedly accepted $250 in "compensation" from the perpetrators.
The latest development in the case is troubling, but hardly surprising. It also highlights three of the biggest obstacles to the prosecution of sex offenders in Cambodia.
Released in November 2009 (permalink)
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