Recent cases of brutal crimes against children have raised concerns among citizens in the Kingdom, with some calling for harsher punishments for those found guilty.
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On May 29, the bloodied bodies of two children were found by their father at their home in Preah Sihanouk province. A suspect accused of raping one of the children and killing her and her brother was caught by police after he spent four days on the run.
On May 24, a villager in Prey Veng province found the body of a nine-year-old child floating in a pond. Police suspect that the child was killed after she was sexually assaulted.
According to Articles 202 and 505 of the Criminal Code, murder with aggravating circumstances carries a sentence of up to 30 years, while murder accompanied by torture, cruelty and rape carries a life sentence.
Ly Soung, a 55-year-old vendor, today said the recent crimes involving children were cruel.
“I feel the pain even though they’re not my children – I know the feeling of a parent who lost their children to cruelness,” Ms Soung said.
“Please don’t keep a child at home alone. It is not safe for children,” Ms Soung added.
Bun Thyda, a 19-year-old university student, said it is difficult to trust strangers. Thus, parents must closely look after their children and avoid contact with strangers.
“Due to alcohol and drug addiction and poverty, perpetrators dare to commit rape and murder on small children,” Ms Thyda said, adding that she wants to see perpetrators be severely punished.
Full story in Thursday’s paper