KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers is reviewing Section 375 of the Penal Code to expand the definition of rape.
Referring a recent court case in Sibu, Sarawak, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said Monday that discussions on the issue were underway with medical practitioners and related ministries.
The scope of Section 375 does not now include the insertion of organs other than genitals, she said.
The Sibu Court of Appeal recently acquitted Bunya Jalong, 60, of raping a minor in 2011 as there was no penile penetration.
The girl had claimed she was raped on four occasions but Bunya contended there was only penetration by fingers.
He was freed even though DNA tests on a child born after the incident matched that of the accused.
Nancy said that rape under Section 375 of the Penal Code was defined as sexual intercourse by force or without consent of a woman.
“This includes intercourse with a woman where her approval was given due to fear, deception, misconception or not understanding its impact,” she said.
The minister was answering questions from some Members of Parliament calling for amendments to be made to Section 375 of the Penal Code. – Bernama