‘Rape’ to include other body parts, objects

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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

Amend legal definition of rape, says Fatimah

Source: The Star Online

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

KUCHING: A state minister wants the legal definition of rape to be amended soonest, following the gazetting of the Child Act (Amendment) 2015.

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said it would be “disappointing” if the amendments to the Child Act did not include a broader definition of rape.

She said her ministry had been pursuing this matter since the Court of Appeal’s acquittal of a 60-year-old man in the “finger rape” case last year.

“The perpetrator was let off because the definition of rape only covered penile penetration.

“I wrote a letter on behalf of the state government to the Attorney-General to review the definition of rape so that there will be justice for the victims.

“The reply we received then was that comprehensive amendments would be made to the Child Act.

“Now it has been gazetted but it does not include the definition of rape. Of course that would be very disappointing to us.

“We are still waiting for the definition to be amended. Maybe it will be done through an amendment to the Penal Code,” Fatimah said after presenting assistance to storm victims here yesterday.

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