Castrating rapists a ‘barbaric act’, say human rights groups

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups are opposed to a proposal that rapists be castrated as a form of punishment, urging authorities not to resort to such “violent” measures.

The proposal in question was discussed a meeting involving the Sarawak state government yesterday.

Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED) spokesperson Thomas Fann said criminal justice is a federal matter and not for any one state to discuss or decide on.

“Any irreversible procedure like castration, amputation or the death penalty should not be considered, given that no human justice system is perfect and infallible,” Fann said to FMT.

Adding that “punishment alone won’t stop such crimes”, he said it was more important to understand why sexual crimes are committed and what mechanisms can be used to ensure that victims can safely report their situations. Read more

Sarawak will profile rapists, victims of incest before pushing castration proposal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 11 — The Sarawak Social Development Council (SDC) will profile the perpetrators and victims of incest before discussing further a proposal to castrate the perpetrators as a form of additional punishment, state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today.

She said the council, under her ministry, is expected to complete profiling of the perpetrators and victims by November this year.

Fatimah said the police, medical department, welfare department and women and family council are among agencies helping SDC to do the profiling.

“After we have completed the profiling, we will discuss the castrate proposal in-depth in our lab later,” she told reporters after chairing the Women and Family Council meeting here. Read more

Sarawak government to discuss proposal to castrate convicted rapists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 10 — Sarawak welfare, community wellbeing, women and family development minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today the state government will discuss a proposal to include castration to be imposed against rapists.

She said a high-level meeting on the matter will be held tomorrow, and that the proposal has received support from concerned citizens over the rise of incest cases after she posted on it her Facebook page.

“We will look at this proposal at our third state women and family council meeting tomorrow,” she told reporters after attending a tea party to mark the official birthdays of the Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong  XV Sultan Muhammad V, which both fell on September 9. Read more