A Cambodian military officer killed himself after shooting dead his 16 – year – old wife with an AK – 47 rifle after he allegedly refused her request for a divorce, local media reported on Tuesday .
“ Second Lt . Vong Tol , 32, shot his wife , Uy Sokhom, in the chest in their home in the northern province of Preah Vihear on Sunday before shooting himself in the head .
“ He was angry with the wife for wanting to divorce him , ’’ Capt . Chuon Narong , a district penal police officer , told the Times .
Narong said neighbours had heard the couple arguing earlier Sunday, with Tol reportedly accusing his wife of having an affair , which she denied .
“ The neighbours did not intervene because they regularly heard the pair fighting .
“ The couple was married for about a year and did not have children , ’’ Narong added .
Tol worked on the provincial military base and his wife was a farmer in the area .
Cambodia’ s legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years old ; however, children who are no less than 16 may legally marry with permission from a parent or guardian .
According to 2014 figures, the most recent data available from the United Nations ’ child rights agency , almost one in five women in Cambodia aged 20 to 24 years old were first married or in a union before age 18.