By Robert Carmichael
Phnom Penh (dpa) – A Cambodian man killed five family members and
injured three others after they prevented him from raping his
16-year-old sister-in-law, local media reported Friday.
The man, identified only as Nang, then hanged himself.
Police said the crime, which took place on Thursday in
south-eastern Svay Rieng province near the border with Vietnam, was
among the worst the country had seen in years.
Provincial police chief Prach Rim told the Phnom Penh Post
newspaper the victims were related to Nang.
“The attacker had raped his sister-in-law twice before, and around
10 am he tried to rape her again, but was apparently stopped by his
family,” he said.
“They then fought together, and the attacker locked the doors of
the house and stabbed his family members to death before hanging
himself,” Prach Rim said.
Police said Nang murdered his wife, his 2-year-old son, his
mother-in-law and two of his sisters-in-law. His daughter and nephew
were injured, as was the sister-in-law he tried to rape.
Last month a drunken soldier murdered three people and injured
four during a rampage in nearby Kampong Cham province after arguing
with his wife.
The head of one prominent local human rights organization said he
was worried the issue of domestic violence is not being taken
seriously in parts of Cambodia.
“It seems everyone sees this kind of violence as normal,” said
Thun Saray, the head of Adhoc.