After domestic abuse victim’s murder, lawyer urges mandatory arrest of violent spouses

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani.

Speaking after the High Court here today convicted Nurhidayah’s violent husband Jamaluddin Ali over her 2013 death arising from multiple assaults that left “horrendous injuries” over her body, lawyer Goh Siu Lin said the court ruling amounts to “justice” for the victim’s family.

“The case showed how important it was to enforce protection orders and interim protection orders — which are court orders typically given to stop a violent spouse from threatening or abusing a domestic abuse victim,” she said.

“So we should in this country lobby for mandatory arrest once a report is made by the victim or any of the family members, so the police must be compelled to take immediate steps to arrest the perpetrator.

“And so that we can ensure the enforcement of protection orders and interim protection orders are given paramount importance to promote the safety and reduce violence and prevent serious harm and death,” she said. Read more

Ensure justice for domestic violence victims — WAO

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JANUARY 20 — Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) welcomes the High Court’s decision to uphold justice for domestic violence and murder victim, Nurhidayah A Ghani. On January 20, 2017, the High Court declared her husband, Jamaluddin Ali, guilty of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

For Nurhidayah’s family, this verdict brings closure to a wearying and drawn-out process of seeking justice. Jamaluddin had physically and psychologically abused Nurhidayah for over a decade, since 2003.

He had repeatedly banged her head into the wall, hit her with a helmet and a fishing rod, and strangled her. From 2009 to 2013, Nurhidayah and her family lodged more than 10 police reports against Jamaluddin.

However, the authorities failed to intervene to protect Nurhidayah from her violent abuser.

The authorities refused to arrest Jamaluddin despite the fact that he had violated the Interim Protection Order (IPO) and repeatedly harassed Nurhidayah and her family. Read more

Justice for women still a challenge, says SIS co-founder

Source: The Star Online

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Zainah Anwar, co-founder of Sisters in Islam. Pic taken from The Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s not rocket science! said Zainah Anwar (pic), co-founder of Sisters in Islam.

Or is it, since the idea that women do have a voice and a say in how religion is interpreted and practiced in a country that uses Islam as a source of law and public policy, remains a radical notion, lamented the women’s activist and former Suhakam commissioner?

“The issue is not that there cannot be reform and there cannot be equality and justice for women in Islam; the issue is whether governments and those in religious authority have the political will to end discrimination against women.

“The arguments for reform are there – within Islam, within our Constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of gender, within the human rights principles we subscribe to when we agree to be part of the international system, and not least in the realities of women’s lives today and what it means to build and sustain the well-being of the family, all members of the family, not just one.”

She said this in her lecture titled “In Search Of Common Ground: Reconciling Islam And Human Rights” at the 4th Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture here on the first day of the Malaysian Bar’s International Malaysia Law Conference.

Chuffed to have been invited, Zainah said she had always admired the late Raja Aziz who was “a man of integrity and honour, who upheld the rule of law, was passionate about human rights, had the courage of his convictions” and never gave up no matter how tough the battle was. Read more