Authorities in Takeo province’s Bati district are looking for the man who wounded his lover with a knife and then poured acid on her early Wednesday morning (Feb.27). She suffered serious injuries and is in the hospital; he fled and is at large.
The victim of the attack is 23 year-old San Chenda; the suspect is Kub Ha, 20 years her senior. The lived in the same neighborhood.
The suspect and the victim had had an extramarital affair going for four years but Ms Chenda recently decided to split up, which enraged Mr Ha. This was reported to Khmer Times on Friday (March 1) by Bati district’s Kandung commune chief, Srey Sambo.
“The suspect has a wife and they live together, but he also had an affair he kept from her. Our preliminary conclusion is that Mr Ha attacked his lover, Ms Chenda, because she wanted to ditch him.”
Mr Ha used a ruse to get Ms Chenda to meet him secretly at approximately 4am. They met, argued, and the suspect cut her wrist and spewed acid on her face. He saw her collapse and, assuming she was dead, ran away.
When the victim came too she called her siblings for help. She was sent to the district hospital and then to a hospital in Phnom Penh.
“I, the village chief, and other officials will visit the victim in hospital and help her out with some money, because she is poor and an orphan,” Mr Sambo said.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report titled “What Hell Feels Like: Acid Violence in Cambodia”, saying that survivors of acid violence were deprived of free medical care, as stipulated by law, and pressured to accept inadequate settlements.
The Justice Ministry labelled the report as a politically motivated allegation that Cambodia’s law enforcement was weak.
The Cambodian Acid Survivor’s Charity reported that acid attacks have declined in recent years, with only six reported in 2014 compared with 36 in 2010.