WAO: Why criminalising marital rape is important

Source: FMT News

WAO executive director says Penal Code must be amended to include the crime of marital rape, otherwise women who are raped by their husbands will stay silent, pic from FMT News.

WAO executive director says Penal Code must be amended to include the crime of marital rape, otherwise women who are raped by their husbands will stay silent, pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) says not recognising marital rape as a crime trivialises the fundamental issue of consent, even in marriage.

The organisation added that as long as marital rape is not recognised as a crime, many women would remain silent after being raped by their husbands.

“A high percentage of women who have faced rape in marriage do not report it because we as a society do not see it as rape and the law does not recognise it as a crime,” said the organisation’s executive director Sumitra Visvanathan.

She acknowledged that under the current Penal Code, the act of a husband causing hurt to his wife with the purpose of soliciting sex is an offence under Section 375A. Read more

Kok’s talk on marital rape law misses the point, says WAO

Source: FMT News

Women’s aid group says new law not needed to criminalise marital rape, only an amendment to the existing law that gives husbands 'permission' to rape their wives.  Pic taken from FMT News.

Women’s aid group says new law not needed to criminalise marital rape, only an amendment to the existing law that gives husbands ‘permission’ to rape their wives. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Woman’s Aid Organisation (WAO) has dismissed the so-called “challenges” hampering the criminalisation of marital rape, saying it should not be used as an excuse to explain why forced sex during marriage cannot be recognised as a crime.

WAO advocacy manager Yu Ren Chung said this when commenting on a statement by DAP MP Teresa Kok that criminalising marital rape was a “challenge”.

Kok, who is on the Select Committee on the Review of the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, said the term “marital rape” was difficult to place within the context of the law as it was difficult to prove.

Kok said that was why the act of a husband causing hurt to his wife with the purpose of soliciting sex was an offence under Section 375A of the Penal Code.

However Yu disagreed, saying most people missed the point altogether as they were too “hung up” with the term “marital rape”.

“We don’t need to create a new law that criminalises rape in a marriage. Section 375 of the Penal Code defines rape, but then adds an exception that states it is not rape if the act is committed by a husband against the wife.”

Yu said this gave husbands “permission” to rape their wives, which should not be the case. 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

Malaysia: 28,741 rape cases in last nine years!

Source: The Independent Singapore 

Pic from media.salon.com

Pic from media.salon.com

The recently released country report on Human Rights by the United States revealed that Malaysia saw a massive 28, 741 rape cases between 2005 and 2014.

These figures, the report said were according to women’s groups, indicates on average 10 women in the country were raped each day and more than half of these women were younger than 16 years.

This was covered under the Section 6, dealing with ‘Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons and Women.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs, only 16 percent (4,514 cases) of the rape cases were taken to court and 2.7 percent (765 cases) with guilty verdicts. Read more

Malaysia urged to stop rapists escaping by marrying victims

Source: FMT News

Human Rights Watch says certain Malaysian laws violate the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which Malaysia has ratified.

Human Rights Watch says certain Malaysian laws violate the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which Malaysia has ratified.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should urgently reform the law to better protect rape victims and disallow child marriages, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

This is to prevent rapists from offering to marry their victims to escape punishment.

Noting that survivors of rape often say they are left with devastating, sometimes lifelong, trauma., HRW asks: “Imagine how much worse this pain would be if you were forced to marry your rapist and share a home and bed with him.”

HRW says local organisations have documented cases where men who raped underage girls – in one case a girl of 12 – have attempted to evade criminal charges by marrying the girl.

They are able to do this, it says in an article on its website, because marital rape is not a crime in Malaysia.

Although men who marry their victim can still be prosecuted for rape committed before the marriage, and this has happened in a few cases, the law makes it easier for rape to be swept under the carpet through marriage, it notes. Read more

Legal Lab with Honey Tan: On Marital Rape & Domestic Violence [New Date]

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What does the law say about marital rape? Does marriage imply consent? What needs to change?

Join us at for a conversation on domestic violence and marital rape with human rights lawyer and activist, Honey Tan. We will dissect the relevant laws in Malaysia and learn about the lived realities of domestic violence victims.

Admission is free and open to all.

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Suhakam wants definition of marital rape to be clarified

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suhakam acting chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee wants Putrajaya to clarify marital rape under the Penal Code. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has urged Putrajaya to amend the the exception to marital rape from the definition of rape stated in the Penal Code.

“This is to reflect the reality of sexual abuse suffered by women, either they are married or not,” acting Suhakam chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said. Read more

Marital rape should be a crime, but it is not, yet

Source: The Star Online

By refusing to criminalise marital rape or even acknowledge that sex without consent between a husband and wife is rape, the Government is failing to protect women who are raped by their spouses.

And it does happen. Often. Read more