By The Nation
Montree Khaokham, chairman of the Muslim for Peace Foundation’s Krabi branch, told reporters yesterday that he had taken the girl to file a complaint with the Muang Krabi police station on Thursday.
Montree discussed the case with reporters before the man had met with police.
Montree said the 15-year-old girl had told him that her stepfather had raped her from the time she was 10 years old until September this year.
The girl, who lived with her mother and stepfather at a house in Muang district, told authorities that she had been raped when her mother was not at home and sometimes taken outside the district to be raped, Montree said.
He said the girl had been warned not to disclose the incidents and complied for fear that it would cause trouble for her mother. But in September, she disclosed the events to relatives in Phuket, who in turn sought help from the Muslim for Peace Foundation on the island province.
The Phuket branch of the foundation then alerted the Krabi branch to rescue the girl and placed her under the care of a government reception house for women and juveniles. The foundation then filed a complaint with police.
Police said they would seek an arrest warrant against the man if he fails to turn himself in within a few days.