Phnom Penh (dpa) – A Buddhist monk in Cambodia was arrested and defrocked for raping a 14-year-old girl who had gone to him to be blessed and cured of headaches and breathing problems, a media report said Tuesday.
“The girl has strong beliefs and her family trusted the monk and did not expect anything like this,” local police chief Chum Choeun was quoted as saying by The Cambodia Daily.
He said the monk, Ev Ny, 33, had admitted the crime.
The teenager’s family in Takeo province had taken her to the monk, and asked him to perform a “water blessing” to cure her illness, Chum Choeun said. Ev Ny was known for offering water blessings that he said combated the effects of black magic.
He had then taken the girl into a private room and raped her.
The girl’s parents only found out later when they had to take her to hospital for her injuries.