Criminologist: Beating soles illegal, used by dictatorial regimes

Source: FMT News

Expert says hitting on the soles of the feet is a form of torture used to extract information and is effective as it leaves no mark, hence abuse cannot be proven. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Beating at the sole of the feet is an unauthorised and illegal form of punishment in Malaysia and an absolute no-no under international norms, according to a criminologist.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Associate Prof P Sundramoorthy said such beatings create some of the most “excruciating and intense pains” without leaving any physical scars as evidence.

“It is one of the most painful tactics used without leaving any marks. If a complainant files a police report about such abuse, he or she may not be able to provide evidence as the skin beneath the feet is thick. Read more