Amendments to Domestic Violence Act to be tabled tomorrow

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. — Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. — Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will table the amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Amendment 2012) for the first reading in the Dewan Rakyat, tomorrow.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the amendments were aimed at giving overall justice to family members experiencing violence not just physically, but also emotionally and psychosocially.

“The examples include theft of pension card and issues involving property and pronouncement of divorce through WhatsApp,” she told reporters after opening the ‘Bridge To A Better Life’ Emotional Wellbeing programme, here, today.

Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. 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