‘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

Mengapa sukar jadikan ‘rogol dalam perkahwinan’ sebagai jenayah

Sumber: FMT News

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh berkata itu sebabnya Kanun Keseksaan meliputi perbuatan itu sebagai kesalahan suami mencederakan isteri dengan tujuan melakukan seks. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh berkata itu sebabnya Kanun Keseksaan meliputi perbuatan itu sebagai kesalahan suami mencederakan isteri dengan tujuan melakukan seks. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok berkata sukar untuk frasa “rogol dalam perkahwinan” digunakan sebagai terma undang-undang dan untuk dihujahkan di mahkamah.

Katanya, kali pertama beliau tahu mengenai kesukaran itu ialah ketika menjadi ahli Jawatankuasa Pemilih Semakan Kanun Keseksaan dan Kanun Prosedur Jenayah.

“Kami dapati agak sukar meletakkan terma rogol dalam perkahwinan dalam undang-undang. Itu sebabnya ia menyatakan tindakan suami mencederakan isterinya dengan tujuan melakukan seks adalah kesalahan di bawah Seksyen 375A Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya.

Kok berkata sukar untuk membuktikan rogol dalam perkahwinan bila ia berlaku.

“Bagaimana hendak membuktikan ia rogol dalam perkahwinan? Sangat sukar untuk menggambarkan dan berhujah di mahkamah dan sebab itu kami letak ia di bawah 375A di mana hukuman penjara boleh dikenakan hingga 5 tahun.

“Secara tidak langsung ia meliputi insiden keganasan termasuk rogol dalam perkahwinan,” katanya kepada FMT.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai respons kepada gesaan Pertubuhan Bantuan Wanita (WAO) supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dikategorikan sebagai jenayah. Read more

Rogol dalam perkahwinan itu jenayah, kata WAO

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mengulangi gesaannya supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dianggap sebagai jenayah, sempena wanita di seluruh dunia meraikan Hari Wanita Antarabangsa hari ini.

Dalam laporan kajian kesnya bertajuk “Perspektif terhadap Keganasan Rumah Tangga” yang dikeluarkan hari ini, NGO itu berkata rogol – sama ada ia berlaku dalam perkahwinan atau tidak – adalah jenayah di bawah standard antarabangsa.

Tetapi di Malaysia, Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan menyatakan hubungan seks tanpa rela tidak dianggap sebagai jenayah apabila ia berlaku antara pasangan berkahwin.

“Rogol dalam perkahwinan dikenali dalam Konvensyen Mengenai Penyingkiran Semua Bentuk Diskriminasi Terhadap Wanita (Cedaw) Jawatankuasa Cadangan Umum 19, yang menyatakan ‘Dalam kalangan hubungan keluarga, wanita semua peringkat umur tertakluk kepada semua bentuk keganasan, termasuk pukul, rogol dan serangan seksual lain’.”

Laporan itu menyatakan jawatankuasa PBB Cedaw meminta Putrajaya menjadikan rogol dalam perkahwinan sebagai jenayah sejak 2006.

“Kami mendesak kerajaan dengan segera meminda bahasa dalam Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan dan berhenti membenarkan amalan rogol dalam perkahwinan,” menurut laporan itu. Read more

No need for hate speech laws, lawyers say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 ― Laws on hate speech are not necessary, lawyers said amid a spate of arrests over social media posts on late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Haron Din deemed insulting to Islam.

Responding to questions whether laws to specifically address hate speech should be introduced, the lawyers said clearly defining existing legislation on the subject was sufficient to punish offenders.

They also said this would remove the current ambiguity in such laws that made them open to abusive interpretations.

“Currently the these provisions are just too vague and broad. It has be more specific,” civil liberties lawyer New Sin Yew told Malay Mail Online, pointing out that it must be determined what kind of speech is considered to be a threat to order and safety.

New pointed out the death threats received online by BFM journalist Aisyah Tajuddin last year, after her remarks about hudud, as an example of comments that can be considered threatening and required police action.

“But you cannot use it against a politician because he said something that is just rude. It is rude, not a matter of security,” New said, while pointing out that many citizens are not aware of the existence of these vague laws.

“People need to know what they can do and what they can’t do,” he said.

Laws criminalising speech deemed insulting came into the spotlight again after DAP’s Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi and former journalist Sidek Kamiso were arrested over tweets on Haron. Read more

Nancy Shukri: A-G’s Chambers reviewing definition of rape

Source: The Star Online

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. Read more