Oddar Meanchey provincial police in Trapaing Prasat district on Sunday arrested a 46-year-old woman for unlawfully confining her 19-year-old daughter by tying her legs with chains inside her room to prevent her from seeing her 24-year-old fiancé.
Captain Sok Chansar, deputy chief of staff working with Trapaing Prasat district police, identified the suspect as Heang Mom, 46, a grocery vendor living in O’Svay commune’s Ta Som village.
The victim was identified as Soum Sreynich, the suspect’s 19-year-old daughter who lived in the same house.
According to police, the victim was in a relationship with a man last year and became engaged to him. The couple was planning to get married in December.
However, Cap Chansar noted that Ms Mom was not happy with her daughter’s fiancé, as he came from a poor background and did not have much money or adequate education.
The suspect then tried to separate her daughter from her fiancé by preventing her from contacting him.
Cap Chansar noted that the daughter did not follow her mother’s advice and often left to stay with her fiancé. At about 3pm on Wednesday, the suspect apprehended her daughter and tied both of her legs with a chain before confining her to her room.
Cap Chansar said the suspect held her daughter captive from 3pm until 10pm on Wednesday.
While she was held inside the house, the victim telephoned her 23-year-old sister, who works in a private company and lives separately.
The victim was later rescued by her older sister, and she left the house to stay with her.
The next day, the victim filed a complaint against her mother to the provincial Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department.
Cap Chansar said the suspect was arrested at about 3pm on Sunday in her house in O’Svay commune in accordance with the victim’s complaint.
“During police interrogation, the suspect admitted committing the offence, saying that she detained her daughter inside the house because she wished to protect her from ruining her family’s reputation and honour as well as to protect her daughter’s honour before she is married,” Cap Chansar said.
“She confessed that she did not want her daughter to stay with her fiancé or for her to have sex with him before they are married,” he added. “She also confessed that she did not have any intention to hurt her daughter but that she only wanted to protect her daughter’s honour and her family’s reputation.”
“She was not aware that her actions violated the law,” he noted.
Lieutenant Colonel Phann Mao, deputy chief of Trapaing Prasat district police, yesterday said that Ms Mom is accused of unlawful confinement and faces between one and three years in jail if convicted.
Lt Col Mao added that Ms Mom is currently detained at the provincial Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department for further investigation.
Ms Mom will be sent to Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court for questioning today.