Minister: Marrying victims won’t save rapists

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Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Marriage will not allow rapists to escape punishment for their crime, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

Responding to the controversy surrounding an Umno lawmaker’s suggestion that rapists be permitted to marry their child victims, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also said statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors.

Commenting on public questions about whether such marriages could allow the rapists to avoid prosecution, she said this was not true.

“Offenders will not escape punishment if they have sexual relations with those below the age of 16 and may be charged under Section 376 (2) of the Penal Code,” she wrote on Facebook today. Read more

Rahman Dahlan: ‘Abhorrent’ to allow rapists to marry victims

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Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be 'not bleak' if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be ‘not bleak’ if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan hit out at his Umno colleague Datuk Shabudin Yahya for suggesting that rape victims be married to their attackers, saying that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” with the remarks made by the Tasek Gelugor MP.

Shabudin had earlier today said that the future of rape victims would not be bleak if they are married to their rapists, and that marriage between a victim and her rapist can in fact help solve social problems.

“I just came across an article about the comments of Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya in Parliament in respect of underage marriages and marriages between victims and rapists with utter shock and disappointment,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement tonight.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department pointed out that every child has the right to live and to dream, and that while it is the parents’ responsibility to provide a decent childhood for their children, the government and lawmakers have the responsibility to protect the best interest of Malaysian children. Read more

Minister says people failing to report child sexual crimes must also be punished

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Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

PUTRAJAYA, April 2 — People who fail to report child sexual crimes must also be taken to court for abetting, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000.

“In fact, if all the family members fail to report the crime, legal action can be taken against all of them,” she told reporters after launching the Remaja Kafe@Teen Putrajaya Transit Centre here today.

Rohani said this would be brought up during the tabling of the Bill as in the past, many cases could not be brought to court because of the inability to get evidence from witnesses.

She added that according to statistics, 80 per cent of sexual crimes against children were committed by people known to the victims.

“The perpetrators include the fathers, brothers, uncles and family friends, and many cases could not be brought to court because the families did not make reports as they did not want to embarrass the family,” he said. Read more

‘Rape’ to include other body parts, objects

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At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent. — AFP pic

At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Rape will now be broadened to include other body parts and objects in the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 that will be tabled in Parliament.

Parliamentary draftsman from the Attorney-General’s Chambers Datuk Ilani Mohd Ibrahim said this was key to ensuring those who violated women, especially young girls, would not escape justice.

At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent.

“We are working to clarify the definition of rape to include other bodily parts and objects. This is to ensure those committing such acts will finally be brought to justice,” she said at the “Child Sex Crimes: Stop!” seminar at Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.

Ilani was referring to a 2015 case when a 60-year-old man was acquitted of four counts of rape with a minor in Sarawak after he claimed he penetrated the girl with his fingers.

“Even the Appellate Court judge who handled the case requested for an urgent need to review the definition of rape,” she said.

Ilani said the bill proposed heavier sentences meted out to the perpetrators. At present, convicted rapists could be sent to prison for not more than 20 years and would be whipped, based on the court’s discretion. Read more

Azalina calls on all MPs to support Child Sexual Offences Bill

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — All Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to give their full support to ensure that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled and passed during the current meeting of Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill was vital as emphasised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes here, earlier today.

“As emphasised by the prime minister, we definitely cannot compromise in the issue of child sexual crimes,” she said in a statement here.

Najib, in his speech at the event, announced that a new bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled in the current session of Parliament. Read more

PM says new law to address child sexual crimes

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — A Bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner is to be tabled in the current session of Parliament, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said it was hoped that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 would receive the support of all MPs because it was the responsibility of all parties regardless of political affiliation.

“The Bill should not be opposed by any political party,” he said in his speech opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes, at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who is Permata patron; Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Indonesia’s fifth president Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Najib said the government planned to establish a special court to hear child sexual crime cases.

The Prime Minister said the Special Criminal Court would be different from the existing Children’s Court which only handled cases where the criminal offenders were children.

He also said that the government would not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse of children and would strive to eliminate these heinous crimes. Read more