SAMUT SAKHON – Parents of an eight yr old rape victim take their child to report on a mortician from Nuanchan temple, which tricked the little girl and raped her eleven times. The young victim was given twenty baht each time and threatened with death to keep things quiet.
The girl eventually had the courage to inform police. In the photo above, the family is consulting Paweena Welfare Foundation on the issue. The mother said that their home is near the temple and that she and her husband knew the culprit well.
On July 26th the family of the victim consulted Mrs. Paweena Hongsakun, the president of Paweena Welfare Foundation for Women and Children, for assistance with the case. Even with a balaclava on, the young victim appeared traumatized.
‘She’s only 8 - please do justice,’ said the mother.
The mother explained that her daughter would go bike riding and play with friends inside the temple after school, as it was close to home - which was how the young victim got to know the temples mortician, Mr. Saengchai Inpradap, a 27 yr old who resided at 51/2, Tha Jin district, Samut Sakhon province. The culprit became close to the victim and tricked her into a bathroom at the back of the temple; on many other occasions he even took her to his own home.
Using twenty baht notes and death threats, the culprit kept the eight year old in silence. But completely traumatized, the young victim decided to inform the police.
“My daughter said the police thought she was bluffing and so didn’t believe her - she tried calling again and insisted she was really raped,” said the mother, “ - after that, a local policeman came to see her at the phone booth, and that’s how I found out about the incident.”
“We reported the case to Khokkram Police Station and I was called in by the abbot of the temple to meet up. When I arrived, there was this guy who claimed to be a lawyer, offering me twenty thousand baht to dump the case. I mean what kind of a lawyer would try to bribe you with twenty thousand baht? Of course I refused!” the mother said with anger, “I wanted to make sure there was justice. We’re pretty close now, but I still can’t believe what he did.”
With the assistance of the Paweena Foundataion, the young victim will testify in court and cooperate with Colonel Manote Rattanachok, the chief of police Khokkram station in order to bring the rapist to justice.
Courtesy of Thairath
Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak