Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros yesterday sent a letter to the Justice Ministry calling for the punishment of four alleged bullies who assaulted a high school student in Phnom Penh.
He sent the letter on December 25 after a video of the incident went viral on social media.
Chamkar Mon district police settled the case out of court and the victim received $2,000 in compensation.
Mr Sros said the case should have been handled by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
“This case is showing a culture of impunity and it will have a bad effect on society,” he said. “If the court does not punish the bullies, it will encourage others to do the same because they will think they can just use money to pay off the victim.”
Mr Sros said the authorities must enforce laws against violent offenders and strengthen social morality.
Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday the alleged bullies could be jailed if the court found them guilty.
“If they are over 14 they will face punishment,” Mr Malin said. “All stakeholders need to join hands in respecting discipline and morality for a better society.”
According to an Education Ministry statement, ministry officials must address the bullying case.
“Every education institution needs to have meetings with students and remind them to respect rules and regulations,” it said.
It then called on parents to educate their children about respecting others.
Chou Bun Eng, vice chairwoman of the National Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking, on Sunday said the violent incident affected society.
“I am concerned and disturbed after seeing this violence being committed by young Cambodians,” she said.
“This kind of action destroys happiness, culture, value and reputation of the Cambodian society,” she said, adding cases like this should be prevented from happening. “I call on the authorities to enforce the laws without impunity.”